Craig Bellamy insists he still has reason to believe Wales can make a fight of qualification for the World Cup finals next year.
Skipper Bellamy is battling to be fit for today’s friendly against Poland, the final build-up match for John Toshack’s squad ahead of make-or-break Group Four home matches with Finland and Germany in Cardiff next month.
Bellamy has a swollen knee and is already considered doubtful to face the Poles. If he does fail to make it, Cardiff’s Joe Ledley could become one of the youngest ever captains of Wales at 22.
Bellamy is still desperate to win his 55th cap in a season that has seen him clinch a £14million move to Manchester City and finally find his best form after persistent injuries during his time at West Ham.
Bellamy says: "I won’t take any risks but by being here I am showing I want to play otherwise I would be back in Manchester now.
"I don’t like to miss any games, for club or country. I am in good form and want to keep that going. Things have gone well, I’m happy and want to keep showing that. Poland are a decent side. "