Friday, 5 October 2007

Bellamy Muschawecked

Craig Bellamy returned from Germany last night to recover from a sports hernia operation he had done by the same specialist that treated Michael Owen, Ulrike Muschaweck. Bellamy has missed the past three matches since limping off during the 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough nearly three weeks ago. There were fears that he would be out for longer, but Muschaweck said that the type of operation he had would mean that he could return after the international break, which begins next week. "He has got the minimal repair technique, which allows a quick return to full activity; within eight to 12 days he should be back to full activity without any restriction," Muschaweck said. "The operation technique has been the same which I carried out on Michael Owen." Bellamy is expected to withdraw from the Wales squad to play Cyprus and San Marino in European Championship qualifying matches on October 13 and 17.

Head physio, George Cooper travelled to Munich with the Welsh striker and was pleased with how it all went. "We went out there because he had a scan that showed he was a candidate for a sports hernia and we wanted to seek an opinion because he had two problems, unlike Owen who had one problem," explained Cooper. "We wanted to establish if the hernia was causing his pain or if it was his groin. After consultation with the specilaist, she deduced all symptoms were due to the hernia and she demonstrated this to me under an ultrasound on an MRI scan and showed me where the problem was. She then advised he had the operation and predicted he would be back within 14 days. So he had the surgery, it went very well and he walked out of the centre the same day and we flew back later that night. He can start running three days after the operation, building up to sprinting after five days then gradually building up to training and playing within a fortnight. We went to Doctor Muschaweck because through her techniques she can offer her patients the most pain-free and shortest term recovery period."

"We will be very happy if Craig is back in eight to 12 days," admitted an understated Mervyn Day. The forward had been in outstanding form, scoring three times in his last two matches for West Ham before the injury and two goals for Wales away to Slovakia. His loss leaves West Ham with three fit forwards for the match against Aston Villa tomorrow. Bobby Zamora is out for another three weeks after a knee operation and Dean Ashton will probably be partnered by Henri Camara in attack. "The people who have come in have done really well for us," Day said. "We’ve played some of the top four teams and it’s disappointing not to be able to put out your strongest team. We’re looking forward to the game against Villa and we’re hopeful that we can get a result."

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