Three West Ham players who can effectively replace injured trio in the starting XI

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James Collins

West Ham have had a shortage of options at centre-back throughout the campaign – part of the reason Slaven Bilic signed Jose Fonte from Southampton during the January transfer window – and now he has another conundrum at the heart of his defence following the injury to Winston Reid.

While Cheikhou Kouyate has sometimes dropped back into the back three of four from his usual central midfield position, Bilic might be better off sticking with experience in the form of James Collins.

The 33-year-old has been a reliable servant for the Irons over the years – but has struggled for first-team minutes this season – and he deserves an opportunity to prove that he still has a future at the club next term.

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