West Ham striker Craig Bellamy has been named as the Wales footballer of the year after taking over the mantle as national captain from the retired Ryan Giggs.

Unfortunately Bellamy was unable to attend Tuesday night´s Football Association of Wales presentation dinner, sponsored by Brains Brewers, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Bellamy is currently undergoing intensive treatment at his club after a recurrence of a hernia injury and has been ruled out of the squad´s forthcoming European Championship qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday, and next week´s trip to face Germany in Frankfurt.

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