Sam Allardyce, speaking to the press ahead of his side’s Barclay’s Premier League match this weekend, has been speaking about how the injury crisis at West Ham could force him to rush Jack Collison back from injury despite the fact that the midfielder has been out of action since last season.
“Jack is training but not available to play. He has been out of the game since the end of last season so it will be at least two weeks before we really should consider him, unless we become absolutely desperate on our injury front which is looking a little bit like that.
“I want to try and resist at all costs throwing Jack into the fray and risking another injury but I may be so desperate I might have to do that.”
Currently, West Ham are without George McCartney [knee], Mohamed Diame [hamstring], Andy Carroll [knee], Alou Diarra [thigh], Yossi Benayoun [knee], and Ricardo Vaz Te [shoulder].
McCartney injured his knee during training this week with initial reports stating that it is a MCL knee ligament injury while Andy Carroll is not expected back for seven weeks, also with a knee injury. Diarra is expected to be out for no longer than a fortnight and Vaz Te is believed to be around three weeks away from a return. No return date has been given for Yossi Benayoun.by