West Ham boss Curbishley admits fresh Bellamy injury

West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has revealed Craig Bellamy faces another spell out after suffering a recurrence of his abdominal injury.

Bellamy suffered a recurrence of the problem during West Ham's goalless draw with Portsmouth and was forced off at half-time.

The former Liverpool and Blackburn striker underwent abdominal surgery last month and he was able to play for Wales in their recent internationals.

"Craig's injury is not too bad but there's still something niggling there," said Curbishley.

"He won't be playing Tuesday. He has had this abdominal strain through the pre-season and despite the operation which we went off to have in Germany it has come back again.

"He could be weeks out or it could be something that can be sorted out quickly, but we have two more games now and then have to worry about the international break again - when I always seem to have players trying to come back from injuries."

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