Date:Friday September 24 2010
Cardiff City`s explosive winger Chris Burke has added his backing to the Bluebirds promotion bid, and skipper Craig Bellamy who has missed the last few games after suffering a swelling in his knee and undergoing a series of painkilling and anti-inflammatory injections.
Burke plays as a right sided forward in the new system, and Bellamy would feature on the left when fit. The pace, trickery and goal threat provided by the duo are frightening while both are able to hug the touchline or go outside their full-back creating width and stretching opposition defenses.
Burke has yet to hit top gear this season, while the likes of Andy Keogh and Jason Koumas have struggled to make an impact while deputising for Bellamy. Both are new to the squad and gaining much needed match practice.
Burke told the SW Echo:
"Craig needs to be given time. It`s not his fault. He will be the most upset he is not playing."
"We`ve seen what he can offer to the team when he has played. He helps us a lot on and off the pitch. He`s a winner and we need that to get out of this league. We are just looking forward to having him back."
"The players out on the pitch, even with some missing; we know we should still be getting results for the club."
"We`ve got key players out at the same time which is unfortunate, but we know the players out on the pitch are good enough to win a football match"
There is little sense in aggravating Bellamy`s knee condition. He has devised a systematic method of training which keeps him sharp, and takes pressure of his problem knee. He is close to a return, and will be desperate to play but Jones and his medical team must be patient and maximise his contribution over the season, not just a couple of games.
With the likes of Burke, Bothroyd, Koumas and Whittingham, we have real goal threat and creativity. Michael Chopra is expected to be back in contention in a few weeks so there is plenty of firepower in Bellamy`s absence - Cardiff City need to settle, be patient and improve the midfield balance. Millwall are the visitors this weekend, and the Bluebirds have a great chance to get back to winning ways with a victory over Kenny Jackett`s high flying side.
Date:Friday September 24 2010
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