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1st Nov, 2017 | 10:34am

Injury boost: West Ham enforcer delivers positive fitness update ahead of Liverpool PL clash

By Guy Giles

West Ham defender James Collins has delivered a positive update on his recovery from an ankle injury, with the Welshman seemingly in line for a return to first-team action soon.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday afternoon Collins wrote: ‘Been a frustrating 6 weeks with the injury, but very close to returning…can’t wait to get back out there.’

Wales international Collins picked up the injury in West Ham’s 0-0 draw with West Brom in September, and has consequently made only four appearances for the Hammers this term.

Collins’ imminent return is a timely one for Slaven Bilic, who faces a defensive crisis ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Regular centre-back partners Winston Reid and Jose Fonte are both potential doubts for Saturday’s game, meaning Bilic may have to rely on youngster Declan Rice to deputise.

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While it is yet to be seen whether Collins will return in time – it would however seem unlikely – his return will still be a welcome boost for a West Ham defence that has floundered in his absence.

Since the 0-0 draw in which Collins suffered his injury, the Hammers have only kept one clean sheet in six matches, conceding eleven goals in that time.

In the four games that Collins has played, West Ham have conceded just five goals, keeping two clean sheets.

In other West Ham news, Jamie Carragher has delivered a damning verdict on the club’s season so far.

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