Collison could return to face City

The midfielder was an integral part of the Hammers squad last
season but suffered a serious knee injury while on international
duty in March 2010 and has been out since. He has made steady
progress in his rehabilitation, though, and could play in Sunday’s
game at Eastlands provided he comes through Wednesday’s reserve
fixture against Wolves unscathed. Collison’s return would be timely
for Avram Grant as the West Ham boss has a number of injury
problems in midfield. Scott Parker has missed the last two games
with an Achilles complaint while Gary O’Neil is out for the season
with a serious ankle injury. The club should know the results of
tests on Mark Noble’s stomach injury on Wednesday. The central
midfielder had to come off in the second half of Saturday’s 3-0
defeat to Chelsea after feeling discomfort in his stomach after
shooting at goal.