Collison runs out for reserves

  • Last Updated: December 17 2012, 18:13 GMT

Jack Collison took a big step towards a return to first-team action when he played 45 minutes of West Ham's reserve team defeat at Norwich.

Jack Collison: Nearing a return

Injury-plagued midfielder Collison has not played for the Hammers this season after he suffered a recurrence of the knee injury that has troubled him over the past two-and-a-half years.

The Wales international moved closer to a recall on Monday, however, stepping out in a Hammers shirt for the first time this season during a 3-1 defeat at Norwich.

Collins, 24, set up a chance for Sebastian Lletget before heading Nathan Mavila's cross narrowly wide.

He was then replaced at half-time in a pre-planned substitution.

Norwich striker Harry Kane, who has not played a first-team match since September due to a foot injury, pressed his claim for a recall to the Canaries' starting XI by scoring twice in the match.

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