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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is hopeful that midfield duo Jack Collison and Alou Diarra will return from injury in the festive period.

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Alou Diarra: West Ham United midfielder is closing on a return to action

Alou Diarra: West Ham United midfielder is closing on a return to action

Collison has been sidelined since May because of his troublesome knee problem, while Diarra has been restricted to just two appearances due to a thigh strain, but both are closing on full fitness.

The Hammers are in need of reinforcements as their squad is also without Mohamed Diame, Ricardo Vaz Te, Andy Carroll, and Yossi Benayoun, who are all sidelined through injury.

Diame is the most recent arrival in the treatment room as he suffered a hamstring problem in Sunday's 3-2 defeat by Liverpool.

Allardyce told the Daily Mirror: "Diarra is close, but he hasn't played a Premier League game yet.

"He hasn't felt what it is like to play there and that would be difficult after a three-month lay-off.

"Collison might be close to start joining in again over the next few weeks."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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