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Ole: Bellamy hugely important

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Craig Bellamy as 'hugely important' ahead of Sunday's clash at bottom club Sunderland.

A win in the north east could be enough to move the Welsh club out of the relegation zone, but only if Norwich lose at Manchester United on Saturday evening.

Welsh forward Bellamy hasn't started a match since March when the Bluebirds drew 3-3 at West Brom, but Solskjaer has hinted he may go straight into the starting line up at the weekend after recovering from illness.

"Craig is hugely important for us with everything he does on and off the pitch," the Norwegian told the Daily Mirror.

"He has been very low on energy after the virus but we hope he has fully recovered and can be part of things again.

"We need his experience."

The former Manchester United striker also hopes that by the final day their fixture against Chelsea won't be a high priority for the title-chasing west London side.

"It is three weeks until we play Chelsea and a lot can happen by then," he said.

"They could win the league, they could be in the Champions League final or some heads could be in Brazil at the World Cup."

Meanwhile Bellamy's strike partner, Fraizer Campbell, believes the club can stay up if they concentrate on themselves and not how other teams are doing.

"If we can win the majority of our last few games we won't need to look at everyone else's results," the striker said.

"People are talking about 36 or 37 points being enough, so if we can get in and around that total then we will just worry about where we are when it comes to the end of the season."