West Ham United defender James Collins is not worrying about a lack of fit strikers at the club after Andy Carroll sustained another injury set-back in training. 

Speaking to the official West Ham United websiteCollins, who recently refused to join the Wales squad at late notice for their game against Serbia, believes that regardless of injuries, the goals will begin to flow. 

"There are loads of goals in our team. All the defenders will say we need to start scoring more as well to give them a helping hand. As I say, there are options and we do have goals in the team," he said.

The Hammers recently completed the signing of free agent Mladen Petric, a former Fulham and Borussia Dortmund striker. The acquisition was timely after Andy Carroll suffered yet another injury setback which will keep him out for at least two more weeks. 

Collins is happy with the signing and expects the Croatian to have an impact on the squad. 

"Mladen coming in gives us options. Andy isn't quite ready at the minute, Maiga's been asked to play a lot of games so it's good to have the option. Hopefully he (Petric) can come in and score some goals," he added. 

Sam Allardyce's men travel to St Mary's on Sunday to face Southampton. Both sides will be looking for their second win of the season after drawing and losing their other matches. 

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