West Ham player ruled out of international games through injury

James Collins will not feature for Wales in their upcoming games after the West Ham United defender failed to recover from a groin injury.

West Ham United defender James Collins has been ruled out of Wales’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Hercegovina and Cyprus due to a groin injury.

The 31-year-old has had an injury and suspension-hit start to his domestic campaign with the Hammers, starting the opening fixture against Tottenham Hotspur before being sent off and featuring for only 14 minutes since, in the 3-1 victory against Liverpool.

Collins was not in the West Ham squad to face Queens Park Rangers last weekend, and the BBC reports that a scan on Monday showed the defender was not fit enough to join up with his international teammates.

It is a big blow for Chris Coleman, who is already without Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Crystal Palace star Joe Ledley for the games.

Collins has featured 44 times for his country since making his debut in March 2004.

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