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Eck Hopeful James Collins Will Be Fit For Fulham

Eck Hopeful James Collins Will Be Fit For Fulham

Aston Villa gaffer Alex McLeish is hopeful James Collins will return to first-team matters this weekend for our Premier League opener with Fulham.

The Welsh international missed the 1-1 draw against Braga last Saturday as a precaution after injuring his back in a training session prior to the game. However, the manager is under no illusion that the centre-back will do his utmost to participate at Craven Cottage.

Speaking to the Official Site he said:

'James has injured his back. He did it a few days ago to be fair and he thought he was okay in training on Friday. But I think the intensity of training over the last few days just flared it up and he was a bit stiff.Therefore, we didn't want to risk him.

'It's a worry - but knowing the type of character James is, I'm sure he'll be determined to be on that pitch at Craven Cottage.`

If Collins does indeed miss the game, Ciaran Clarke will inevitably take his place alongside Richard Dunne.

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Writer:Ross Mackiewicz
Date:Monday August 8 2011
Time: 1:42PM


Ciaran is more than adequate cover, I'm sure he won't let us down.
Pride of Lions
08/08/2011 15:05:00
My god news is thin on the ground today.
08/08/2011 16:27:00
Collins in stiff back shocker!
09/08/2011 00:30:00
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