JOHN HARTSON aims to return for Wales' World Cup qualifiers after undergoing back surgery to save his career.
I share the big striker's hopes, but sadly without much confidence.
Hartson is the sort of player who needs to be playing to stay fit, or else the pounds pile on.
He is almost certain to miss pre-season training and that leaves him struggling to make Wales' opening Group Six match against Azerbaijan in September.
Mark Hughes will be glad to see Craig Bellamy back and in scoring form, but the brittleness of his strikeforce is a major worry.
At the risk of repeating myself, the need for Robert Earnshaw to sample Premiership action at the first opportunity remains a priority.