Jack back for Wales

Jack Collison is set to make his long-awaited return for Wales this evening against Scotland in Dublin.

The Hammers midfielder played in the final three matches of the Barclays Premier League season after a 14-month absence with a knee injury. His last international appearance came in the 1-0 defeat by Sweden in March 2010.

Collison could get more valuable minutes under his belt tonight and on Friday when Gary Speed's men take on Northern Ireland in the Irish capital. However, caution will be the watchword for the Wales manager when it comes to fielding the 22-year-old.

"He will be a big boost for us," said Speed. "Jack played his first games for West Ham and I am so pleased for him to be back involved in the fold. We are going to have to manage him obviously. We have a duty to look after him. Jack's welfare is the most important thing."

Collison, and compatriot Danny Gabbidon, are not the only Hammers on international duty. Club-mate Robert Green was a late call-up for the England squad alongside Scott Parker for the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier with Switzerland on Saturday week. whufc.com will have full details of all the club's internationals over the coming fortnight.