By Aramide Oladipo
West Ham United have received a fitness boost ahead of this weekend’s Premier League as James Collins and Pedro Obiang are both back in contention, according to a report.
News outlet Football London reports that the duo are both poised to return to the first-team squad for the match against Burnley on Saturday but neither one is likely to be deployed from the start.
The report claims that Obiang will be assessed by the West Ham staff later this week whilst Collins’ injury is not as bad as first feared.
Both players suffered injuries in the 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns last month and they have featured for the Hammers since then.
Even though both men are not expected to start on the weekend, their return to fitness will be an added bonus to Slaven Bilic as his side look to climb up the league table.
Before the setback, Obiang produced some impressive displays for the Hammers which included scoring the opening goal against Huddersfield Town in a 2-0 victory at the London Stadium.
Collins will be able to give Bilic an extra defensive option after he played a key role in helping the team achieve back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League last month.
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