West Ham star admits frustration at slow return from injury ahead of Euro 2016

James Collins is looking forward to getting more game time under his belt after a seven-week absence.

West Ham United defender James Collins has admitted to the club's official website that he is desperate to return to action on a regular basis in the remaining weeks of the season after suffering setbacks in his road to recovery from injury.

The 32-year-old last started for the Hammers in the 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on 2 March before missing seven weeks of action due to a hamstring problem.

The Welsh international was initially expected to only be sidelines for a brief period, but his rehabilitation did not go as planned and he ended up missing seven matches in all competitions including the two FA Cup quarter-final ties against Manchester United.

Collins, who has been a regular starter when fit for Slaven Bilic's side this campaign, helped the Irons keep back-to-back clean sheets in his last two games before injury, but since his absence the team have conceded 14 goals in seven matches.

He made his comeback as a substitute in the 3-1 win over Watford a week ago, but admits he is keen to get some regular game time to boost the Hammers' European hopes and get himself back to sharpness in time for Wales Euro 2016 campaign.

Collins told the club's website: "It took me a bit longer to get fit than I wanted and I had a couple of setbacks, but I’m looking forward to getting some game time now and looking forward to the Euros too.

"It’s still been a great season for us. If you ask the rest of the boys, they’ll probably say the same as me, that we’ve conceded a few too many goals recently, and I’m not just saying that because I’m not playing!

"We could have had a few wins where we’ve drawn, but we’re still going well and we’re looking forward to the last three games. We’re working to finish as high up as we can. There have been times where a couple of decisions have gone against us but we need to finish off strongly as we don’t want to fizzle out – we need to carry it on."

The Hammers face West Bromwich Albion this weekend as they look to close the gap on Manchester United and Arsenal in the hunt for a European spot.

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