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.