Collins bemoans 'nightmare'
James Collins hopes his injury problems have finally cleared up so he can establish himself with West Ham.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 19/11/07 4:55pm
James Collins is hoping his injury problems have finally cleared up so he can establish himself in the West Ham side again.
Collins played his first full 90 minutes in a month as Wales drew 2-2 with Republic of Ireland on Saturday.
He has been sidelined with a calf problem and there has been speculation suggesting he will be a transfer target for Fulham in January.
Collins is looking forward to facing Germany in a Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday and is then looking to get more regular football under his belt.
He said: "This season has been a nightmare for me. At the end of last season I was playing the best football of my career and now I have kept getting niggly injuries that have constantly kept me out for weeks at a time.
"I can't get myself into a run of games but hopefully this spell with Wales will be the start of a good spell for me.
"We know it will be tough in Germany, we expect that, so we must stand up to them and do our very best.
"It is a good game to be involved in. We can't go there thinking we are going to get a real beating, there would be no point in even travelling if that was the case."
Collins believes the game against Germany is important even though Wales cannot qualify for Euro 2008.
He explained: "We have our confidence restored now and we are looking to get a good result but we are really looking towards the next World Cup qualifying campaign now.
"We aim to get as much experience from this game in Germany as we can. We did pretty well away to the Czechs and we battered Slovakia, so we know we can produce good results against better countries."