Sam Allardyce reveals ‘sickening’ injury blow for West Ham defender
PUBLISHED: 10:20 22 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:29 22 May 2015
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West Ham defender James Collins will miss their trip to Newcastle on Sunday and also Wales’ crunch clash with Belgium.
The 31-year-old limped out of Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Everton with just 14 minutes on the clock having strained a calf and his manager revealed that his campaign is over.
Collins had just won back his place at the heart of his country’s defence and helped them earn a memorable 3-0 win in Israel in their previous qualifier.
But he will now miss out on the chance to tackle Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke and their Belgian team-mates in three weeks time at a sold-out Cardiff City Stadium as well as West Ham’s final match on Tyneside this Sunday.
“James Collins is out after leaving the field after a few minutes, he has a calf strain,” Allardyce revealed. “And he doesn’t just miss the last game for us he misses out on the Wales call up which is a sickener for him.”
Allardyce did reveal that Kevin Nolan returns to contention to face his former club after a family bereavement while defender James Tomkins, missing since early March, has recovered from his shoulder injury and will join the squad again.