James Collins suggests he's over his recent injury problems

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West Ham United defender James Collins has given a positive fitness update of his current situation.

West Ham United defender James Collins has revealed to London24 he feels he’s past the fitness issues he’s had in recent weeks.

Collins has confirmed that he has been struggling with small problems, but now feels ready to return to action starting with performances for Wales during the international break.

“I am doing all right - I have struggled a little bit with some niggles, but I am over that now and I am looking forward to getting away with Wales,” said Collins.

Collins faces a challenge to get one of the two centre back slots with everyone fit, because James Tomkins and Winston Reid are arguably the better options in the middle of the back four.

However, he is a no nonsense defender and definitely has a place under Sam Allardyce, with vital experience and leadership skills he can use to his advantage.

He’s a strong player who is difficult to get the better of and he will be important over the rest of the season.

What the Hammers have to hope for is that he doesn’t develop any other little problems during the international break.

If there is a slight issue then Wales have to take a responsible stance, withdrawing him from the firing line and sending him back to the Hammers so he’s okay for the rest of an important season.

Wales can’t take any risks with him, but the matter is effectively out of West Ham’s hands until the current break is over and the Premier League action returns.

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