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West Ham defender James Collins will miss the visit of Manchester City on Saturday evening after suffering an injury on international duty.

The 30-year-old was replaced just before the hour in Wales’ 1-1 draw with Belgium in midweek and Hammers boss Sam Allardyce confirmed he has a hamstring injury.

He joins Andy Carroll (heel) and Alou Diarra (knee) on the sidelines whilst Carlton Cole, who rejoined the club on a short-term deal last week, is not fit enough to be involved.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (thigh) has been ruled out of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to West Ham.

The Belgium defender is making good progress but will not be risked while fellow centre-back Martin Demichelis (knee), who is still to make his debut, is also not yet fit.

Midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) is back in contention after a recent spell on the sidelines.

West Ham’s stunning 3-0 win at Tottenham lent weight to the suspicion that they tend to perform better away from home. City have the opposite problem: three Premier League away games and no wins, despite dominating possession and territory. Their apparent vulnerability to a direct style is ripe for exploitation, whether by Ravel Morrison on the ground or Carlton Cole in the air.

Stat of the game: 30 City are unbeaten when Sergio Agüero has scored, in 30 games (28 wins and two draws).

West Ham (Possible, 4-3-2-1): Jaaskelainen; Demel, Tomkins, Reid, Rat; Downing, Noble, Nolan; Diame, Morrison; Maiga.
Out: Collins (hamstring), Carroll (heel), Diarra (knee).

Manchester City (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Hart; Richards, Nastasic, Lescott, Clichy; Touré, Fernandinho; Silva, Agüero, Navas; Negredo.
Out: Kompany (thigh), Demichelis (knee).
Test: Rodwell (hamstring).

Referee: Michael Oliver (Matches 4, R0 Y16).

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