West Ham fans react as James Collins picks up injury in Dagenham friendly

West Ham United defender James Collins limped off with what looked to be either a hamstring injury in the 3-1 friendly win against Dagenham & Redbridge on Wednesday night, and Irons fans were quick to react to the news.

With Winston Reid injured and Jose Fonte departing for the Chinese Super League last month, the east London outfit have been left a little short at centre-back in their battle to avoid relegation to the Championship.

They face a crucial clash against the side one place and two points below them in the table – Southampton – at the London Stadium on March 31, and know that if they lose they will drop into the bottom three.

David Moyes’ men may have to play that game without Collins, who the majority of the fans want to get a new deal, now though, with Declan Rice, Cheikhou Kouyate and Aaron Cresswell just some of the players that could slot in alongside Angelo Ogbonna in either a back four or three-man defence.

West Ham supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the injury blow, and while one described the decision to start Collins in the charity game as “madness”, another simply said “unbelievable!”

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…