McLeish confident on Collins

10 August 2011 01:59
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is confident defender James Collins will be ready for the club's opening game of the season.[LNB] Villa are set to open their Premier League campaign against Fulham on Saturday.[LNB]Wales international Collins is a slight doubt for the game as he is nursing a back problem.[LNB]He was forced to pull out of midweek international duty as a result of the injury and has returned to Villa Park for further treatment.[LNB]McLeish admits the centre-half faces a race against time to face the Cottagers this weekend, but believes a period of rest will have the defender ready and raring to go. [LNB]He said: "We hope he (Collins) will be ready. We have high hopes that James will be okay.[LNB]"He did suffer a back problem which resulted in the missing of the Braga game (Villa's final pre-season friendly) and withdrawing from the Wales squad.[LNB]"We thank the Welsh FA for their co-operation in this."

Source: Team_Talk