Jack Collison
Jack Collison will join Bournemouth on a one month loan from West Ham. [Reuters]

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has allowed midfielder Jack Collison to join AFC Bournemouth on an emergency one-month loan deal in order to gain some regular game time.

Collison has struggled with numerous injuries in his short playing career and once missed 14 months after damaging the cartilage in his knee and being forced to have surgery to correct the damage.

He missed almost the entire 2010-11 season and in the last year has once again had a number of minor knocks which have ruled him out of action for a prolonged period.

Having made just one appearance in the Premier League this season, coming off the bench against Stoke, Allardyce has decided to allow him to join the Championship club who currently sit tenth in the table.

Despite injuries to Joe Cole and Stewart Downing, Collison has failed to force his way into the West Ham side and will be desperate to prove his worth at the Cherries.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was keen to find cover in midfield with Richard Hughes suspended, while Harry Arter and Shaun MacDonald are both injured.

Collison will be available to make his debut tonight against Millwall as Bournemouth look to get back to winning ways after their 3-1 loss to Blackburn at the weekend.

The 24 year old came through the West Ham academy and gained a regular place in the side under Gianfranco Zola as he demonstrated an eye for goal and linked well with fellow Hammers youth graduate Mark Noble.

He has played more than 100 times for West Ham since earning his debut back in January 2008 and has represented Wales on 16 occasions.