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James Morrison | Midfielder | #7

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/25/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 165

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James Morrison has apparently suffered an unspecified knock and faces a late fitness test ahead of Albion's Sunday trip to Stamford Bridge.
Tony Pulis is rapidly becoming the Bill Belichick of the Premier League. More frequently than any other manager he refers only vaguely to injuries to specific players or, even more frustratingly, vague injuries to unnamed players. This makes anticipating a likely starting line-up difficult. If Morrison doesn't go then Nacer Chadli will almost certainly rejoin the starting line-up against the Blues. Either are fringe starters given the roll Chelsea have been on recently. Dec 9 - 12:39 PM
Source: espnfc.com

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Tell me if you've heard this before, James Morrison might be ready to return from his hamstring injury for Week 7 at Sunderland.

Morrison's return from a serious hamstring injury suffered at the start of 2016 has lingered long enough that you'd think he played for Arsenal. After a couple false starts there is again news that he could be ready to go as Albion journey to the Stadium of Light to face bottom-of-the-table Sunderland. You wouldn't blame Tony Pulis for continuing to be cautious with an international breaking coming up but presumably he's eager to have his creative midfielder back too. Exercise caution in including Morrison for fantasy purposes as we've been fooled before by "he might be ready" headlines.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 30 - 11:38 AM

James Morrison continues to struggle to regain full health after a serious hamstring injury cut short his 2015-16 season.

Morrison returned for Albion against lower-league Northampton Town between Week 3 and Week 4 in the Premier League but he wasn't able to rebound and play in Week 4. During his press conference leading up to Albion's Week 5 match-up with West Ham United, Tony Pulis indicated that Morrison was progressing but would not likely be ready for this weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 16 - 10:55 AM

James Morrison finally played a full 90 minutes in Albion's midweek visit to Northampton and is in contention to start again in the Premier League in Week 3.

The visit of Middlesbrough combined with transfer activity and some strong performances from Albion youth have Tony Pulis' starting eleven for this weekend a bit of a mystery. James Morrison played the full 90 in midweek signaling his long-awaited return from a hamstring injury last season. Sam Field was dubbed "the best player on the pitch" in midweek and could earn playing time as could new arrival Brendon Galloway who can play center back or left back.
Aug 26 - 5:14 PM

West Bromwich Albion confirmed midfielder James Morrison has signed a new contract to remain at the club this summer.

Reports claimed Sunderland and Middlesbrough, Morrison's former club before arriving at West Brom in 2007, were chasing the 30-year-old, whose contract was set to expire in a few days. But the Baggies secured Morrison for two more years through the summer of 2019 with a club option for a third year. Last season, Morrison made 18 Premier League appearances, recording three goals and three assists, before suffering a knee injury that kept him out for the final three months of the season.
Jun 30 - 6:52 AM

Sunderland and newly-promoted Middlesbrough are fighting for the chance to land West Brom midfielder James Morrison this summer.

The Scottish international is out of contract this summer and available on a free transfer, although West Brom has offered him a new contract after signing Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley to new deals. However, now that they are back in the Premier League, Middlesbrough is the favorite to sign the 29-year-old after he spent four years in the Teesiders first team after coming up through the club's academy. Morrison recorded three goals and three assists in 18 Premier League appearances before suffering a knee injury that kept him out for four months.
Source: Mirror
May 24 - 4:16 PM

James Morrison is hoping to play some part in the season run-in after spending most of the calendar year side-lined following a hamstring injury.

The 29-year-old was forced off during the opening exchanges at Stamford Bridge back in January and hasn’t kicked a ball competitively since. But after undergoing surgery to correct a tendon problem, Morrison is closing in on a return to action and pushing to be involved at Bournemouth or on the final day against Liverpool. "It’s been a really frustrating spell for me because I didn’t imagine it would take this long to get back," Morrison said speaking to the club website. "But I was desperate to play I had a little setback early on. So I’ve taken things very carefully since then to make sure I was 100 per cent recovered." Morrison came through 45-minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly unscathed last Tuesday and hopes to complete the final phase of his recovery with a return to the first team.
May 4 - 4:13 AM

If today's team news is to be believed, James Morrison will miss both matches in Week 34 and then the Baggies subsequent match before returning for the final three matches of the season.

It has been an Aaron Ramsey-esque hamstring issue that has caused James Morrison to miss nearly the entire second half of the Baggies' season. He missed his first match with the complaint in mid-January and it looks like he won't be back until late-April or early May. Despite the absence of a player who was having something of a break-out season at age 29, the Baggies look like they'll survive comfortably and return for another season of Premier League football.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 15 - 10:57 AM

James Morrison is reportedly "getting closer" but he won't be fit in time to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Week 32 action.

It must have been an Arsenal-level hamstring tear that sidelined Morrison because he is nearing the end of his third full month out injured. The initial prognosis was two months out which would have had him back just before or, at worst, just after the international break. As it turns out, he won't be ready to rejoin his teammates as they return from the break to face the Black Cats. Morrison could be a nice pick-up down the stretch in single-ownership leagues as he was having a very good year when he went out injured. It is likely that few managers had the patience to keep an injured Morrison on their benches.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 1 - 4:00 PM

Tony Pulis has confirmed that James Morrison could miss up-to two months after an MRI scan revealed the Baggies midfielder had ruptured his hamstring.

Morrison pulled up during the opening exchanges of Wednesdays’ Premier League match at Stamford Bridge and although the 29-year-old was ruled out of the trip to St Marys, there was no indication prior that the Scottish international would be missing for quite so long. Morrison has been a key part of Pulis’ plans this season and West Brom are beginning look to be a little stretchered, particularly as Darren Fletcher will have a scan on his knee over the next 24 hours. Craig Gardner is expected to play a more prominent role over the coming weeks while Pulis may be tempted to dip into the transfer market with two weeks of the window remaining. The Baggies’ recent upturn in form came to an abrupt end on Saturday as West Brom were brushed aside 3-nil by a resurgent Saints team.
Jan 17 - 4:54 AM

James Morrison will miss West Brom's trip to Southampton with a hamstring injury he picked up early against Chelsea.

Morrison has had an excellent season so his absence will definitely be felt as West Brom look to build on the 2-2 draw with Chelsea. Craig Gardner deputized for Morrison in mid-week and is the odds on favorite to reprise that role against Southampton. While Gardner scored while filling in, that certainly isn't his history so probably best not to count on a significant fantasy day from Gardner.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 15 - 10:52 AM

James Morrison is not expected to recover from the hamstring problem which forced him off during the opening minutes of Wednesdays’ game at Stamford Bridge.

The Baggies midfielder was a doubt during the build-up to the match but pushed for his inclusion: "James has felt it the last couple of days but wanted to play. He felt his hamstring straight away so we took him off," Pulis said. His replacement – Craig Gardner – should get the nod following his first half goal which helped West Brom to a share of the spoils. Olsson is expected to be fine after the manager confirmed that 32-year-old came through the game unscathed despite concerns during the opening forty-five: "We nearly took Jonas off just before half-time as well because he felt cramp in his hamstring and we don't want to lose him."
Jan 14 - 11:43 AM

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.
Source: espnfc.com
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 12:44:00 PM

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
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 10:22:00 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
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 09:08:00 AM