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Collison: Returned to training on Thursday

Collison: Returned to training on Thursday

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Jack Collison is set to be fit for the Hammers.

Wales midfielder Collison scored both goals in the 2-0 semi-final first-leg win over Cardiff, but suffered a shoulder injury in the second leg at Upton Park.

However, the injury was not as bad as first feared and Collison was able to return to training on Thursday.

It means manager Sam Allardyce has a fully-fit squad available and can name the same line-up which started both legs of the semi-final and swept Cardiff aside 5-0 on aggregate.

The Hammers are looking for their third win of the season against Blackpool having won the league meetings 4-0 and 4-1.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has a virtually clean bill of health.

On-loan Liverpool defender Danny Wilson is the Seasiders' only absentee after picking up a calf strain and returning to his parent club for treatment, but the 20-year-old made the last of his 10 Seasiders appearances this term in the 2-1 defeat at Derby in early March.

Craig Cathcart is available again following heart palpitations but is unlikely to disturb the centre-back partnership of Ian Evatt and Alex Baptiste that has featured throughout Blackpool's ongoing nine-match unbeaten run.

Similarly, Roman Bednar (knee) is available, although a place in the matchday 16 will be a tall order for the Czech forward, with Stephen Dobbie and Gary Taylor-Fletcher established in attack and Kevin Phillips, Lomana LuaLua and Nouha Dicko all vying for a place on the bench.

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Championship Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
Blackburn v Birm'ham  
Blackpool v Derby  
B'mouth v Reading  
Brentford v Sheff Wed
Cardiff v Ipswich  
Charlton v Bolton
Huddsf'ld v Brighton
Norwich v Leeds  
Rotherham v Fulham  
Watford v N Forest  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Watford 12 11 24
2 Derby 12 12 23
3 M'boro 12 9 23
4 Norwich 12 10 21
5 N Forest 12 9 21
6 Ipswich 12 6 20
7 Wolves 12 3 20
8 Charlton 12 3 19
9 B'mouth 12 3 18
10 Brentford 12 -1 18
11 Sheff Wed 12 0 17
12 Cardiff 12 0 16
13 Blackburn 12 -2 16
14 Leeds 12 -3 15
15 Rotherham 12 -3 15
16 Reading 12 -5 15
17 Huddsf'ld 12 -6 15
18 Millwall 12 -3 13
19 Wigan 12 -2 11
20 Brighton 12 -3 11
21 Birm'ham 12 -7 11
22 Fulham 12 -9 10
23 Bolton 12 -12 8
24 Blackpool 12 -10 6

Updated Mon, 20 Oct 2014

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