Date: 30th November 2017 at 7:00am
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West Ham United defender James Collins is close to returning from injury, despite suffering a minor setback on Tuesday night, according to a report.

The 34-year-old made his long-awaited return from injury for the West Ham U-23 side on Tuesday and the Evening Standard claim that he is close to returning to first-team action.

Collins, who has been out since suffering an ankle injury in the goalless draw with West Brom in mid-September, picked up a hamstring problem in training last week.

However, he was able to return to action last night for the U-23 side in the Checkatrade Trophy clash with Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

Unfortunately for Hammers fans, Collins aggravated the hamstring injury and had to be substituted in the 24th minute of the 2-0 defeat.

This latest report says that he was withdrawn as a precaution and looked comfortable. Therefore, it should not be too much longer before he can make his return to first-team action under new manager David Moyes.

Nevertheless, the setback will still come as a frustration for Moyes, who is also without centre-back Jose Fonte until at least the New Year.

The Hammers’ face one of Moyes’ former clubs Everton in Premier League action at Goodison Park this evening, knowing that a win will take them out of the Premier League’s bottom-three.

In other West Ham news, Moyes has revealed which players he will try to sign when the transfer window opens in January.

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