Collins poised for comeback
By Amanda Cornforth. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
West Ham defender James Collins is hoping to return to first team action soon after featuring for the reserves in midweek.
Following an operation on the groin problem which has plagued him all season, Collins came through his first full 90 minutes of football since The Hammers' Premiership victory over Manchester United in December against Aston Villa reserves on Tuesday.
"It was alright for the first 70 minutes then I started to get a bit tired at the end," he told the club's website. "But I was just glad to get through the 90.
"I had a couple of good chances and I should have scored really but it was just good to get through the game. I could probably do with another game but I've got a couple of weeks training before the next one so hopefully I can get some fitness there."
West Ham were beaten 2-0 by Villa in the clash at The Bescot Stadium but Collins brought positives from the match and hopes to be back in the first team for the last few games of the campaign.
"I've been in and out of the team with injury all season," he said.
"But I've had the operation and everything seems well so, fingers crossed, I can make a stay in the team.
"I want to try and play well and make something of what's left of the season.
"I think I need a couple of days for the legs to recover now. But I've got a couple of weeks in training to get my fitness up and if I'm asked to play against Blackburn next weekend I'll be ready."