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BELLAMY SET FOR RETURN.

Byline: Terry Phillips

JAY Bothroyd is hoping to be back playing alongsideCraig Bellamywhen Cardiff City face Barnsley in South Yorkshire today.

Bellamy travelled with the squad when the team coach left the Vale of Glamorgan Resort at lunchtime yesterday and top scorer Bothroyd, who has fired seven goals already this season, said: "Hopefully Craig will be back for this game, but we aren't sure yet."

Bellamy is close to fitness after a knee injury and has been training all week, even joining in with the Bluebirds youth team on Thursday in a personal quest to be ready for action. He has looked sharp and bright in training.

The Manchester City loan signing was yesterday left out of Brian Flynn's Wales squad for the European Championship games against Bulgaria and Switzerland, as revealed in Wednesday's Echo.

Without their captain, Cardiff City have earned only one win from their last four nPower Championship matches and slipped behind leaders Queens Park Rangers.

"Maybe we should be top," says Bothroyd. "There were a couple of games, against Leicester City and Ipswich Town, we have lost when maybe that shouldn't have happened. There have been performances we were not happy with.

"We have to grind out results when we are not playing well."

Bellamy would step in for Andy Keogh if he is ready to return, but it is far more likely the Welsh international will be among the substitutes. Eventhatwouldbeamassiveboostfor the Bluebirds.

City are set to start with Bothroyd and Keogh in attack with a fit-again Bellamy ready to be involved fromthe bench.

"It's going to be tough at Barnsley," said Bothroyd. "It's a difficult place to go, a small ground and a little intimidating, but these are the type of games we need to win if we are going to earn automatic promotion."

"We know what Barnsley are about.

They are going towork hard and try to hustle us sowe are going to have to be up for the challenge. If we match them, I believe our quality will come through."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 2, 2010
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