West Ham United hopeful on James Collins recovery

West Ham United's Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke is confident James Collins will be fit to begin pre-season training.

James Collins, who picked up a calf injury during the early stages of West Ham United's game versus Everton on May 16, will be fit to begin pre-season training with the rest of the squad.

The Welsh centre-back is currently undergoing rehabilitation with the expectation of recovering in time for the start of pre-season training. Collins will now spend the following four to six weeks resting before being tested again.

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is also expected to be fit for the summer programme as he recovers from a toe injury that prevented him from featuring against Newcastle United on the final day of the Premier League season.

“Unfortunately, Mark Noble and James Collins were both injured the last week of the season,” West Ham’s Head of Medical and Sports Science Stijn Vandenbroucke told the club’s official website.

“James injured his calf in the first half of the match with Everton and will rehab for 4-6 weeks. We hope that he will be fit in time to start the pre-season with the squad.

“Mark injured his big toe during the final training session of the season in Chadwell Heath. He has had an injection and needs a few weeks of rest. He too should be ready for the start of pre-season if everything goes to plan.”

West Ham have qualified for the Europa League after topping the Premier League’s Fair Play table and as a result, they will return to pre-season training earlier than normal.

“Usually, the players have six weeks off, of which the first three weeks are complete rest, followed by three weeks of individual fitness work. However, this summer has been shortened to four weeks for two reasons – next year’s European Championship finals and our participation in the Europa League,” Vandenbroucke added.

“So, with a shorter off-season, the fit players need to rest for period but always be mindful of leading a healthy, professional lifestyle, before starting their individual programs ahead of their return for pre-season training next month.”

Collins, an experienced Wales international, plays at the heart of West Ham's defence and has been a key member of the team since joining the club for a second time from Aston Villa.

The Hammers started the 2014/15 Premier League campaign strongly but some bad results crept in after Christmas and saw the London outlet finish 12th despite spending the first few months of the season in the top half of the table – even breaking into the top four at one stage.

After sacking Sam Allardyce, West Ham are currently on the lookout for a new manager.

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