Pride Park Stadium

Next Game

Derby v Cardiff

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Cardiff City Stadium

Last Game

Cardiff 0 - 1 M'boro

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Mackay reveals Bellamy toil

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay admits Craig Bellamy could soon be forced to call time on his football for club and country.

Last Updated: 19/09/13 at 12:21 Post Comment

Craig Bellamy: Missed Cardiff's Premier League draw with Hull after Wales du

Craig Bellamy: Missed Cardiff's Premier League draw with Hull after Wales du

Bellamy revealed last week that he was unlikely to be fit enough for another qualifying campaign with Wales and even suggested he could be in his last season as a professional.

The 34-year-old missed Cardiff's 1-1 with Hull on Saturday having played 90 minutes in World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Serbia - and Mackay knows the forward's troublesome knees are taking their toll.

"Craig is quite open in talking about it (retirement) so it's not a shock to anyone if it happens at the end of the season," said Mackay.

"He's someone at ease with seeing how the season goes and making that decision in the summer.

"I talk to him about Kevin Phillips and Ryan Giggs, who take it a season at a time, but there will be a point where, because of his knees, Craig wants a life with his family where he can walk about and not have arthritis in his knees for the rest of his life.

"And there'll be a point where he says 'that's not quite yet, I'm going to have another season'."

Mackay believes the forward may decide to hang up his boots for Wales in order to stretch out his domestic career.

"There might be a point where he finally decides 'I've sweated and given blood for my country for a long time and I'll now come out of that to elongate my career'," Mackay added.

"But that will be something he'll decide. I'm quite relaxed.

"It's important for Wales that they get their best players out there and I'm a big supporter of them.

"I live in the country and am good friends with the people involved in the national team, including Chris Coleman.

"If one of my players can help out, great, but I'm also aware our club needs him."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

T

his specializing in mediocrity will only stop when Wenger and his entire back room staff are cleared out. Dortmund are everything Arsenal should be; in fact they're everything Arsenal thought they were, until they met this supreme doppelg nger.

dr soccer
The Bitter Taste Of Arsenal Déjà Vu

Footer 365

Kagawa: My heart stayed in Dortmund

Shinji Kagawa admits life at Manchester United was "particularly difficult", but the playmaker says his heart was always at Borussia Dortmund.

Championship news: Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to leave club

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears set to leave the club following talks over his future, Sky sources understand.

Championship: Alex Tettey has signed a new two-year deal with Norwich City

Alex Tettey has signed a new two-year deal with Norwich City, with the option to extend for a further year.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property