Mancini admits bust-up with Bellamy but says striker could face Liverpool

19 February 2010 05:33
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed that Craig Bellamy could be available for selection against Liverpool on Sunday.  

The Italian has denied claims of a serious rift with the striker, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, but he did admit they had a difference of opinion about the way the problem was being managed.  

He will now monitor Bellamy's fitness over the weekend and the Welshman might come into contention and face Liverpool.

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Bellamy has been unhappy with training under Mancini for some time and their disagreement was over the Italian's regime. During showdown talks, Maninci reportedly told Bellamy to get out and not come back for three months, according to The Sun.

Mancini said: 'Today Craig is here, working with the physio. It wasthe same yesterday. These things can happen in a job. I don't haveproblems with Craig. 

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'I spoke with him in the office and read that I shouted at him. ButI didn't. We just spoke face-to-face. He is having treatment at thetraining ground and if the knee is okay, he will be available forSunday.'

Mancini is reported to have lost his cool after Bellamy refused to train with one of the coaches on Thursday.

The injury-prone Wales striker, who was signed from West Ham lastyear in a £14million deal, took part in a one-on-one session with oneof Mancini's assistants on Wednesday but rejected a repeat on thefollowing day.

Mancini reportedly told Bellamy, 30, that only he and his sports science staff knew how to handle his dodgy knee correctly.

Bellamy - who has revealed recently that he expects to have to retire in two years - is not a fan of Mancini's training, which often includes double sessions.

City's chief executive Garry Cook and football administrator Brian Marwood are understood to have asked the player to return to training on Thursday but Bellamy insisted he would only do so at Mancini's request.

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Source: Daily_Mail