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Newcastle United boss Graeme Souness has admitted Craig Bellamy missed the defeat to Arsenal after he refused to play on the right wing.
Bellamy was not even among the substitutes for the game at Highbury after initial reports claimed he was injured.
However, rumours surfaced that Bellamy was omitted because of a row with Souness over his position in the team.
Newcastle United have yet to receive an offer for Craig Bellamy, with Stoke City purported to be the only club to have asked about the Wales international.
Bellamy has no future at St James' Park following his bitter stand-off with manager Graeme Souness, which resulted in him being fined two weeks' wages.
His refusal to apologise for his tirade against Souness appears to have scuppered any prospect Bellamy has of reviving his Tyneside career
Graeme Souness has landed a final blow to Craig Bellamy by claiming the Welshman's slim goal record is simply 'not good enough'.
The pacey striker has never been prolific and fell out with Souness because the Newcastle chief refused to play him in a central role.
Although Bellamy, now on loan at Celtic, claims he still has an affinity for the North East outfit it would appear that Souness has closed the door on any potential return.
Newcastle number two Terry McDermott has launched a blistering attack on Craig Bellamy and insists he holds the player in utter contempt despite never having met him.
McDermott only returned to The Magpies last week as Graeme Souness' assistant, but claims that what he has already heard of Bellamy has left him in no doubt the player should never be allowed to return to the club.
Bellamy was shipped out on loan to Celtic for the rest of the season earlier in the week after his very public fall-out with Souness.
Craig Bellamy has come in for more criticism, this time from Birmingham City co-owner David Sullivan.
Sullivan has blasted the departed Newcastle striker for the manner in which he turned down a move to St Andrews after the two clubs had agreed a £6 million fee.
Bellamy ultimately opted for a loan switch to Celtic, leaving Sullivan to question the player's ambition
Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has launched an outspoken attack on Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy.
The outspoken Welshman is currently on-loan at Celtic after a much publicised spat with Toon boss Graeme Souness.
Jordan, who has spoken in the past of his disdain for much of the football establishment, has now delivered a damming verdict on Bellamy's behaviour this season.