Jones hopeful over Bellamy fitness

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Cardiff manager Dave Jones has not given up hope of Craig Bellamy being fit for the second leg of their npower Championship play-off semi final with Reading after a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium.

Captain Bellamy lasted just 17 minutes before limping off with a hamstring injury which threatens to end his season.

He said: "Craig is a quality player so he would make a big difference for us but we will have to wait and see how he is in the morning."

Jones added: "He came off straight away but he is an experienced player who knows his body.

"He has missed games during the season and we have players who can replace him if needs be.

"It's a shame he came off but we haven't given up hope that he can play again for us yet."

Reading boss Brian McDermott insisted his side would have no fear when they travel to Wales for the second leg.

The Royals never hit top gear as they failed to test Stephen Bywater in the Cardiff goal but they could have winger Jimmy Kebe back from a thigh strain next week.

"All four games I've had against Cardiff have been a draw and there were two honest sides having a right go against each other," McDermott said.

"We will go there on the front foot and go for the win, we will play the game and not the occasion and whatever will be will be. We have no fear no matter what is at stake."

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