Football: Bellamy's return is big boost for Tosh

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Date: May 29, 2008
Publisher: MGN Ltd.
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 348 words

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WALES boss John Toshack welcomed back captain Craig Bellamy for his first international since October with as much relief as joy.

The injury-jinxed West Ham striker appeared for the final 28 minutes of the impressive 1-0 friendly win in Reykjavik, earning his 50th cap.

Bellamy now seems certain to be back leading his country in a much more difficult game in Rotterdam against Euro 2008-bound Holland on Sunday.

Bellamy last played senior football for a mere 20 minutes as a substitute for the Hammers at Wigan in February.

But he had been troubled with groin problems since Wales' win in San Marino last October.

A stomach operation followed and Bellamy's season was all but ended, until last night's run-out in Iceland.

Toshack said: "That's six games unbeaten and we have used another batch of youngsters.

Ched (Evans) did very well, but I was so pleased to see Craig back on the pitch."

"He has been a very unlucky boy with injuries and we have certainly missed his Premier League quality.

"I just hope he nowhas one more game in him and then goes away for a nice summer break, hopefully to return to pre-season training at West Hamraring to go.

We need him as much as they do."

Toshack gave Bellamy's club-mate Jack Collison his first cap, along with Wolves' new striker SamVokes.

But it was goal scorer Ched Evans who stole the headlines.

Toshack said: "We had several of the Under-21 side out on the pitch in the end. But Ched stole the show. He has just signed a new contract at Manchester City and it is pleasing that they are showing confidence in him.

"He has plenty to learn yet, but I am just happy that he is being given his chance at City. Maybe he will go out on loan again next season, but City are clearly going to give him his chance to prove what he can do."


ICE AND EASY: Ched Evans celebrates his goal with Freddy Eastwood while Craig Bellamy, below, rides a tackle on his return from injury PICTURES: PA

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"Football: Bellamy's return is big boost for Tosh." South Wales Echo [Cardiff, Wales], 29 May 2008, p. 48. Gale OneFile: News, Accessed 19 Nov. 2019.

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