Bellamy thankful to surgeon
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Welsh flyer provided Newcastle with a real fillip on Monday when making a return for the reserves weeks ahead of schedule.
Bellamy has admitted he felt his latest knee injury in October would prove to be the end of his career, but Colorado-based surgeon Steadman, who has operated on the likes of Roy Keane, Alan Shearer and Ruud van Nistelrooy in the past, has seemingly come up with the goods once again.
"I speak to him (Steadman) a lot and there is no doubt about it, he has saved my career," Bellamy told the club's website.
"I did not think I would be coming back to be honest. I can never thank him enough for what he has done for me. I have spoken to him a few times and told him that.
"It's like someone has given me a new knee and said 'go on here's your career', which means a lot because I was really down at one stage."
Bellamy is confident his problems are now behind him, but is refusing to get carried away.
"I think that I will come back as good as new although we will have to wait and see what happens," he continued. "I feel that good I don't have a problem with that. I have been going week by week and will now take every day as it comes.
"All the scans say that I am fine. He told me I should have had the operation done ages ago. You try and be a hero and play but you end up looking a fool.
"I'm happy with the way things are going but I don't want to tempt fate. It could not be going any better. I'm on cloud nine at the moment."
The striker is hopeful he will see the fruits of his labour in the near future.
"I have never worked so hard in my life as I have over the last couple of months. The operation was vital but the rehabilitation is so important and the physios deserve credit for that. I owe them so much as well. I feel like a new person.
"According to Mr Steadman, when I get older I will have a few problems but hopefully for the rest of my career I should be okay. Don't get me wrong, though, things can happen in games but at the moment I can say it has never been better.
"It is like someone has given me a new start in my career.
"For me to play to the standard I need to I must be fully fit and that's what I am aiming towards."
Bellamy's Magpies team-mate Andy Griffin is being linked with a move to Birmingham.
Blues chief Steve Bruce has been credited with a surprise interest in Newcastle winger Nolberto Solano and reports are suggesting he could be ready to make a double swoop on St James' Park.
Griffin has slipped down the pecking order on Tyneside and could well be tempted by a move to St Andrews in a bid to secure regular first-team football.