COLLISON FIT FOR PLAY-OFF FINAL
Jack Collison has handed West Ham a major fitness boost ahead of Saturday's npower Championship play-off final.
The Wales midfielder scored twice in the 2-0 semi-final first-leg win in Cardiff a fortnight ago, but was expected to miss out at Wembley after dislocating his shoulder in the second leg.
However, after receiving intensive treatment, Collison returned to training on Friday and is set to be involved in the big promotion decider against Blackpool.
"Everyone who has been playing recently is fit, the squad is strong and we just have one final day to select the side," said manager Sam Allardyce.
"It's been a bit of a long wait since we played Cardiff but we are rested, eager and hopefully we can give our best performance of the season."
West Ham go into the clash as short-priced favourites having thumped eight goals past Blackpool in their two meetings this term.
And despite accusations of over-confidence emanating from the Blackpool camp, Allardyce has backed the Hammers to handle the pressure.
"It's a one-off game," he said.
"It's a fabulous game to be involved in, particularly for the players.
"We are the favourites with all the pressure on us, so we have to handle that as we have done all season. Hopefully we can deliver and beat Blackpool for third time this season.
"But it won't be easy, we will treat them with the utmost respect and make sure we try to expose the weaknesses they have in their side if we can and as early as we can.
"We've got to live with the pressure to spur us on to give us our best performance. The pressure should bring the best out of us and not be one of those games where we actually freeze on the big stage."
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