Saturday, 20th February 2010

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has scoffed at rumours claiming there was a rift between him and Craig Bellamy. The Italian insists it is the player’s fitness that is keeping the fiery Welshman on the sidelines and not an argument as has been suggested. The former Liverpool player could face his past employers in the crunch tie for fourth place, should he prove his fitness.

I read that I have a problem with him, that I shouted at him. Craig trained on Wednesday, yesterday and he will train today. I have spoken to him, face to face, but as a manager speaks to a player," Mancini explained in the club’s official website. “I have not shouted at him, never. I am happy to resolve things, face to face, in a room but I do not have a problem with him. If his knee is OK today and tomorrow, he will be available for Sunday.”

Bellamy’s return will be pleasant news to all the club’s faithful, especially after Mancini revealed that Martin Petrov will be facing three to four weeks out with a knee injury.



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