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.