Bellamy set for Feynoord role

Last updated : 12 November 2002 By Martyn Elliott

Back to sink the Dutch
"We know it's the last match of our six-game period in the Champions League and it's our last chance of staying in it," Sir Bobby told Sky Sports News.

"And therefore, because it's the last chance, it could well be that the risk is worth justifying.

"I think so," he replied when asked if he would play Bellamy. "As to how long and how much, I'll have to wait and see.

"He was very good and sharp this morning. We've looked after him and rehabilitated him properly and professionally.

"We haven't asked him to play a game in advance of his condition. That would be stupid.

"But it looks as though he's ready for it. I have to decide tomorrow whether we play with him from the beginning or is it something that we have to hold back, and if we need him, does he come on?

"I've just got to get my own head right about his condition and see him again tomorrow. Today was the first day he's actually trained collectively with the first-team squad and people have to understand that.

"Since he dropped out of that match with Blackburn three weeks ago, this is the first time that he's actually been amongst us.

"He looked sharp and he looked busy and he looked free of any knee problem. He was brisk, he had a competitive element in his training. He was noisy and once he's noisy, you know that he's almost back."