ALAN Lee's injury problems this season have made him more determined than ever to succeed with Cardiff City.
Irish striker Lee has twice been struck down by knee cartilage problems and has made only six first team appearances since signing for the Bluebirds in an £850,000 transfer.
"While I was out injured I had time to think - and I'm more determined to do well here more than ever," says Lee. "Cardiff have invested a lot of money in me. For that reason my loyalty is more with my club than my country."
Galway-born Lee, 6ft 2ins tall, was injured during training with the Republic of Ireland squad. Since then he has had two comebacks, suffering a recurrence after his first knee operation which meant he had to have a second.
It's been a frustrating time for Lee, while Bluebirds owner Sam Hammam said: "He's been out so long it's in the Guinness Book of Records."