Poor old Craig Bellamy. If the West Ham United striker had thought that he was back from a lenghty injury layoff at the start of the month when the Welsh international featured in an international friendly for the Hammers, then he was utterly, utterly wrong.
For Sky Sports reports that the former Newcastle United and Liverpool striker needs more surgery on his abdominal injury even though he did have one in October. Although the pacy striker is going to be out for about six weeks, his absence is regarded to be a blow for the Premiership side.
Hammers physio George Cooper says:
He has been absolutely brilliant. Everything he has done has got him back to almost being ready and there is a feeling that if he carries on with slight symptoms they are likely to get worse rather than better. The symptoms have to go. The operation will complement the excellent work he has done before and that should be the last bit he needs before continuing his strengthening.
So how big a blow would Bellamy’s absence be for West Ham? Alan Curbishley’s men still have an outside chance of qualifying for the UEFA Cup and although Bellamy would be a huge asset for the club, the return of striker Bobby Zamora is getting more attention.