Collins hopes injury problems are behind him

13 December 2010 01:00
Port Vale defender Lee Collins is confident he is over a recent bout of shin splints following his comeback against Morecambe. The 22-year-old had been sidelined since early November but emerged unscathed from a 65-minute run-out after replacing the injured Gareth Owen in the 1-0 defeat. He told the Sentinel: "I've been back training for over a week and been playing in 90-minute practice matches on hard surfaces, which is where you would expect a reaction. But I never had one and I didn't straight after the game on Saturday, I was pain free. "I'm completely over the injury and I hope and feel very confident it won't come back. "I was disappointed to see Gaz come off because he's a rock at the back and we rely on him. "But I was more than happy to get back out there and do a job because I've been tearing my hair out for the past month. I thought I played OK."

Source: PA