Collison - We have momentum

Hammers youngster progressing on return from injury

Collison: Hopes to return soon

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Midfielder Jack Collison believes the momentum is with West Ham United as he nears a return from injury.

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The 22-year-old Wales international has been sidelined since March last year but is hoping to make a comeback from a long-term knee problem.

Avram Grant's Hammers have won three games on the bounce and are out of the Premier League's relegation zone, as the race to avoid the drop hots up.

Collison admits there are some big games coming up but is confident his side have the momentum going forward.

"There are some massive games coming up and we want to win them," he told the club's official website.

"We have a great momentum from the last few games and we want to keep that going.

"We have nine league games left and a chance to get into the FA Cup semi-finals if we beat Stoke on Sunday."

Training camp

West Ham are currently training in Portugal as they look to build up steam ahead of one last push before the end of the season.

Collison reveals that the last 12 months have been difficult on the sidelines but he is optimistic that his return will come sooner rather than later.

"For me, my aim is to just get back playing and hopefully, if I can, play a part in helping us finish the season on a positive note," he remarked.

"It has been about stepping up what I am doing and taking it all as it comes.

"I will continue to take each session as it comes and work my way back. I want to be ready to play my part again for the team."

Collison added: "When you are out for a long time and are doing rehab, it is a lonely time.

"Everyone has been really good to me and you still feel part of the team, but you are often doing stuff on your own and can't just go and join the rest of them out there on the training pitch.

"To be moving forward in what I am doing training wise, and getting towards the goal of returning to play football again, is great."

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