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James Morrison | Midfielder

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/25/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 165

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James Morrison scored a well-taken goal in the first half on the way to West Brom beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Hawthorns.
It has been an excellent season for Morrison marred only by a brief stint out injured. He returned to his fantastic form by directing a free kick past Petr Cech with the outside of his boot. Arsenal should have done better defending it but that doesn't change the quality of the effort from Morrison. The Baggies went ahead on an own goal from Mikel Arteta and hung on as Santi Cazorla missed a penalty drawn by Alexis Sanchez. An excellent win from Tony Pulis' men even if it was not an artistic one. Nov 21 - 12:44 PM

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Tony Pulis continues to do his best Bill Belichick impression when it comes to providing detail on player injuries in his weekly press conference.

Pulis was again vague in saying that he had "one or two" doubts ahead of the Baggies' Saturday trip to Old Trafford. The West Brom manager refused to elaborate on who those players might be and what the nature of their ailments are. It seems likely that James Morrison, who came in as a substitute last weekend after being out with an ankle injury, is likely to return to the starting eleven. Chris Brunt has been listed as having a "knock" and "facing a late fitness test" but otherwise the Baggies appear to be pretty healthy beyond the long term injury to Ben Foster.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 6 - 10:22 AM

Tony Pulis has indicated that he has several injury doubts for this Saturday but he declined to elaborate on who they were or how likely they were to feature.

We know that James Morrison has been struggling to recover from the ankle injury he picked up on international duty so he is probably one of Pulis' concerns. He was listed as a possibility in Week 10 so it isn't unreasonable to think that he's at least close to a return. Assuming that we knew the identity of any of the other names that Pulis was referring to would be pure speculation at this point. All fantasy managers should be at least a little cautious with Baggies players heading into the weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 30 - 9:08 AM

James Morrison's ankle issue continues to linger and it may force the midfielder to miss a second consecutive Premier League match in Week 10.

If Morrison, the Baggies' best attacking midfielder thus far this season, was going to miss a couple of matches then his timing was perfect. West Brom managed to nick a victory against bottom-of-the-table Sunderland at the Hawthorns without Morrison. This weekend the Baggies travel to Carrow Road to face a Norwich squad that allowed six goals to Newcastle last weekend. This isn't to say that we should expect an explosion from the Baggies but it isn't unreasonable to expect them to score at least one with Stephane Sessegnon or James McClean deputizing for Morrison if he can't pass his fitness test.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 23 - 10:24 AM

James Morrison is questionable for the visit of Sunderland on Saturday as the Baggies face doubts over four key players.

Morrison came off mid-way through the second half against Crystal Palace two weekends ago with an ankle complaint. He missed Scotland's two qualifiers over the international break and now faces a race to be fit for a return against Sunderland. Morrison has been having an exceptional season thus far and his absence, along with the potential absences of Saido Berahino and Salomon Rondon, could spell doom for the West Brom attack.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 16 - 12:30 PM

Scotland are sweating are on a number of injured players ahead of the upcoming Euro 2016 games against Poland and Gibraltar. James Morrison, Darren Fletcher and Ikechi Anya all picked up knocks and will be assessed before joining their international colleagues.

An ankle injury forced Morrison off with 20 minutes remaining at Selhurst Park on Saturday as West Brom lost to Palace. While Tony Pulis also revealed - Fletcher was injured - although the precise nature and severity of his problem is currently unknown. Anya is another player who will need to be checked after limping off against Bournemouth. Quique Flores confirmed the defender had picked up a problem "I don't know exactly [but he has] a little [issue] with [his] muscle." Realistically Scotland need to win both matches to keep their slim hopes of qualification alive.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 4 - 4:27 AM

James Morrison scored twice for West Bromwich Albion but the Baggies fell short in their comeback attempt in a 2-3 loss to Chelsea.

It was nearly a hat trick on the day for Morrison, who stepped up early when the match was still goalless for a penalty chance, but he had his attempt denied by Thibault Courtois. Chelsea would then score twice to take a commanding advantage by the half-hour mark, but the Baggies were not done. Morrison was set up beautifully by Salomon Rondon, who sent a bicycle-style cross that the Scottish international slotted home. Then, in the second half, a Callum McManaman cross was sent toward Morrison in the area, and with his back to goal, flicked on a blind header perfectly into the top corner of goal. While they came up short in their bid to get a result, there is still some positive takeaways for West Brom. Rondon looks to be an aerial menace and general threat up top, and Morrison is clearly in form right now. This may help ease the burden of the possible loss of Saido Berahino, who was left out of today's squad in a potential sign of his departure.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 10:52 AM

James Morrison scored the opener and the third and was joined by Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon as West Brom cruised to a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday in pre-season action.

The only downside for Albion on the afternoon was the fact that Gareth McAuley went off before the half with an injury. With Jonas Olsson and Craig Dawson not dressed, Tony Pulis had to go deep into his pool of reserves to bring on Liam O'Neil in the 42nd minute. For a club that is likely to predicate everything it does on the stoutness of it's defense, even a mild pre-season worry about the central defense is something to worry about.
Jul 25 - 12:39 PM

James Morrison scored two minutes into West Brom's Week 33 match-up with Crystal Palace and the Baggies didn't look back as they won 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

No one saw this coming. Crystal Palace had been red hot for weeks while West Brom had been struggling mightily for the past three weeks. Throw in that Palace were at home and it looked like an easy home win. James Morrison flipped the script within two minutes as he scored from a Chris Brunt corner. Morrison was entirely unmarked in the middle of the penalty area. Craig Gardner sealed the victory in the 53rd minute with a blast from 25 plus yards out and West Brom soaked up Palace's huge possession advantage for the 2-0 win.
Apr 18 - 12:16 PM

James Morrison has picked up a hamstring issue that may force him to miss the Baggies' Week 27 match against Southampton.

The midfielder has been going from injury issue to injury issue with an early February knee complaint now giving way to a late February hamstring issue. Not exactly the way to endear yourself to a new manager. Least of all a manager like Tony Pulis who is all about physically robust players. The problem is compounded for Morrison by the presence of Darren Fletcher with whom he is competing for playing time. Definitely someone to avoid this week and whose longer term future as a starter is in question.
Feb 27 - 12:20 PM

James Morrison has a knee complaint that could keep him out of West Brom's Sunday trip to Burnley.

Tony Pulis has a new midfield option in the form of Darren Fletcher so he is unlikely to risk Morrison unless he is 100% fit. Once Morrison is ready to go, he likely faces serious competition for his starting place as Fletcher certainly has a bigger pedigree than Morrison. Fantasy managers owning Morrison in single-ownership formats will be wise to monitor the situation as it evolves starting with Week 24.
Feb 6 - 12:28 PM

James Morrison looks set to return to action against Hull City in Week 15 Premier League action.

With Chris Brunt out with a hamstring injury, it seems likely that Morrison will jump right back into the starting line-up for Alan Irvine. Hull City certainly haven't been great so Morrison is probably a solid candidate to start in deeper formats. In salary cap leagues, he is probably less interesting unless is price is extremely low.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 12:00:00 PM

West Brom midfielder James Morrison is doubtful for the early Saturday clash with Arsenal at the Hawthorns.

Unless you are in a league that allows you to wait until the last minute to make changes then the uncertainty should keep you away from Morrison for Week 13. The match-up probably means that he isn't a great pick regardless.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 09:24:00 PM

A header by James Morrison in the 74th minute was the lone goal of the day as the Baggies earn three needed points on the road, defeating a struggling Spurs side 0-1.

Entering play, West Brom looked like one of the three early relegation candidates, having gone without a goal since opening day, but they took advantage Spurs lack of energy and attacking ideas to nick a goal in the latter stages of the match and grab a deserved win. The winner came from a Chris Brunt corner which Morrison headed home easily, completely unmarked. Some credit also needs to go to Joleon Lescott, who's presence in defense has perhaps given West Brom a vital piece to stay afloat in the league this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 10:31:00 AM

James Morrison faces a late fitness check in his bid to participate in West Brom's Saturday match against Spurs.

Pepe Mel indicated that Morrison would start against Spurs if he were passed fit. If Morrison is not able to go then Pepe Mel was fairly direct in saying that Chris Brunt would be his choice to deputize. Neither are particularly interesting choices this weekend no matter the certainty given the opposition and that they have only one match.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 07:39:00 PM