Upson injury fears allayed

Matthew Upson could make an immediate return to action for West Ham despite fears that the England defender had suffered a serious injury against West Brom

Matthew Upson could make an immediate return to action when West Ham travel to Blackburn Rovers this weekend despite fears that the England defender had suffered a serious injury against West Brom on Monday night.

Upson was taken off on a stretcher in the 29th minute of the club's goalless draw at Upton Park after complaining of a calf problem.

The 29-year-old suffered a serious calf injury shortly after joining the Hammers two years ago, but boss Gianfranco Zola has allayed fears that Upson is set for a significant spell on the sidelines.

"I don't see that it's going to be a big problem. He had a problem with his calf before he came on the pitch, but it's not a big concern," Zola said.


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"I believe that his fitness is not a major problem. It shouldn't be a big setback."

Meanwhile, West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has escaped punishment following his clash with goalkeeper Robert Green.

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Green was caught by Olsson's elbow during the stalemate at the Boleyn Ground but referee Mark Halsey has now reviewed the incident again and told the Football Association that he would not have given a red card.

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