Date: 28th July 2010 at 4:41pm
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James Collins will still be travelling with the Villa camp to Portugal despite his substitution after only a few minutes in last nights Walsall friendly.

It was rumoured that Collins was struggling prior to the game although news had been very thin about what the problem might be and how serious it was last night, but thankfully it’s not considered anything major and as guessed the substitution was purely precautionary as O’Neill doesn’t want to make the niggles he has picked up any worse.

Collins had scans on his calf this morning and passed with flying colours, so hopefully with a bit of rest his stop/start pre season can finally get underway.

Speaking to the Express and Star Monny said:

‘James felt his calf a little in the warm up but decided to go ahead. It was obviously a blow to him, his pre season has been kind of stop start.’

O’Neill added that Collins has had quite a few niggles so far and he hasn’t been able to shake them properly.

It’s likely he won’t figure in our first Guadiana Cup match and will be given time to rest up, and then hopefully he’ll be back and be able to get up to speed for the battle to come.

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