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Wales boss John Toshack fumes at James Collins injury

Wales defender James Collins climbs above Montenegro captain Mirko Vucinic
James Collins in action for Wales in Montenegro before his injury

Wales manager John Toshack is unhappy with a challenge on James Collins in their loss to Montenegro that left the player needing hospital treatment.

Replays appeared to show Montenegro's Miodrag Dzudovic catching Collins in the face, the Aston Villa man escaping with just a bad black eye.

"The James Collins incident, I'd like to have a look at that," Toshack said.

"I don't think you get a fractured jaw or a broken nose, or an eye in the condition his is, by falling over."

Greek referee Anastassios Kakos took no action over the incident in the 75th minute at the Gradski Stadium in Podgorica, but Toshack was left worried for his player's health.

"There's a possibility of a problem with the cheekbone or even his eye, he's got problems inside the eye there - the retina or the cheekbone - he's not in too healthy a condition at the moment so we just hope for the best," Toshack added, although the fears were later eased after scans at the hospital.

"That looked an unfair challenge to me and... maybe warranted a harsher decision from the referee.

"Something has obviously happened there... those things don't happen by accident."

Collins appeared to still be dazed after the match and had little recollection of the incident that forced him off.

But when asked if he thought he had been caught by an elbow, he told BBC Sport Wales: "I can't remember to be fair, I'm sure it probably was. I'll see what it says at the hospital now.

"I just remember going up for the header and then I don't know what's gone on, I can't remember.

"They haven't shown it again on the telly so it couldn't look too pretty."

The incident added injury to insult as Wales lost 1-0 in Podgorica - Mirko Vucinic scoring - to a Montenegro side that was supposedly the weakest in Euro 2012 qualifying Group G.

England - who beat Bulgaria 4-0 in their opener on Friday night - and Switzerland are Wales' other three opponents in the pool.



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