Collison out for Hammers

Collison out for Hammers

Jack Collison will miss West Ham’s Premier League opener on Saturday but James Collins will be fit to face his former club Aston Villa.

The 23-year-old Collison played a key part in the Hammers’ promotion via the play-offs but aggravated an existing knee injury in the process, which has seen him miss pre-season.

Fellow Wales international Collins is fit again after a groin injury, while manager Sam Allardyce revealed his summer signings from overseas, Alou Diarra and Modibo Maiga, will not start.

Provisional squad: Jaaskelainen, Henderson, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, McCartney, O’Brien, Potts, Spence, Diarra, Diame, Noble, Taylor, O’Neil, Nolan, Vaz Te, Maiga, Maynard, Cole

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