Bellamy poised for Wales return

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Craig Bellamy is set to be named in the Wales squad to be released on Friday, despite the concerns of his Manchester City manager Mark Hughes.

Hughes, himself a former Wales chief, is worried that striker Bellamy will not be able to handle three games a week as he continues his recovery from knee problems.

Hughes said: "We will have had three games by the end of the week and I would not want that for him too often because of his injury history. (But) selected for the Wales squad? We will see how he goes this weekend, he looks okay now but we will wait and see."

But current Wales chief John Toshack will name his skipper on Friday for next Wednesday's friendly international against Montenegro, just four days before the Barclays Premier League season starts.

Toshack, who is also expected to include fit-again West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon for the first time since November 2007, needs a strong squad in his only warm-up match before the World Cup qualifier with Russia in Cardiff on September 9.

Hughes is understandably concerned about Bellamy being over-played so soon after his recovery from injury.

He added: "Craig has had some game time in pre-season and looked really sharp, having come back from an injury that cost him a big part of last season.

"He has been working really hard physically on his game during the summer and hadn't really had a break, but he is looking strong and fit as well.

"I think that has shown in his performances, but obviously we are looking to protect him."

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