West Ham buoyed by Scott Parker's return from injury

West Ham's Scott Parker
Parker will hope to inspire West Ham's survival

West Ham's influential midfielder Scott Parker is set to return to action for their crucial Premier League game at Wigan on Sunday.

Parker, 30, has missed the club's last four games, during which the rock-bottom Hammers have picked up one point as they try to stay in the division.

He trained on Wednesday for the first time after an Achilles tendon problem.

In April, England midfielder Parker was named Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association.

West Ham are four points adrift of safety with only two games remaining, meaning Avram Grant's side probably have to win both to stand any chance of staying up.

They will move above Wigan with a win at the DW Stadium on Sunday, before playing host to Sunderland on the last day of the season on Sunday 22 May.

Midfielder Jack Collison, who has just returned after more than a year out with a serious knee injury, says the players are doing everything they keep to try and keep West Ham up.

"The boys are working hard, the staff have put the hours in, but it is a matter of going out there now and doing it," said Collison.

"We have talked all season about how we are good enough to get out of it, but the league table does not lie and we have a cup final next week and the following week.

"We need two wins and hopefully that is enough."

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