Collins escapes serious injury

04 September 2010 05:45
Aston Villa can breathe a sigh of relief after it was revealed that defender James Collins did not sustain a serious injury during Wales' 1-0 defeat to Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday. The 27-year-old appeared to be elbowed in the face by Miodrag Dzudovic and had a bad black eye on Saturday but it was confirmed that he had not fractured his cheekbone or broken his nose as manager John Toshack had feared. After the game the veteran Wales manager had been fuming about the clash, saying: "The James Collins incident, I'd like to have a look at that. I don't think you get a fractured jaw or a broken nose, or an eye in the condition his is, by falling over. "There's a possibility of a problem with the cheekbone or even his eye. He's got problems inside the eye there - the retina or the cheekbone - he's not in too healthy a condition at the moment so we'll just have to hope for the best. "That looked an unfair challenge to me and maybe warranted a harsher decision from the referee. Something has obviously happened there, those things don't happen by accident."

Source: ESA