West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that midfielder Jack Collison has a similar knee injury to that of recently retired Ledley King and that his injury will never 100% heal.
Collison played a big part in the Hammers’ play-off success last season but hasn’t kicked a competitive ball since the final back in May and his constant injury may well affect his entire career according to his manager.
“He has a problem that is going to stay with him for the rest of his career. He manages it brilliantly, but there are times when he gets a lot of fluid in there and he is not available for training. It is us managing that side of it,” Allardyce told the Daily Mirror.
“His knee, unfortunately for Jack, is never going to be 100 per cent so he has to do a management job. It is not as drastic as, in the past, Paul McGrath or Ledley King, but it is similar.
“He is gutted, obviously. He is almost like the forgotten man.
“I told him he should tell the other players how lucky they are because if they came and did a week with him on his own with the sports science lads trying to overcome a serious knee injury they would see just how devastating it is.
“The rest of the team go away and play in the Premier League and he, having been such a major part of us getting there, cannot be involved. There can’t be anything more soul-destroying than that.”