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James Morrison | Midfielder | #7

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

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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

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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.
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.
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

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
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 10:24:00 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
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 12:30:00 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
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 04:27:00 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
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 10:52:00 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.
Sat, Jul 25, 2015 12:39:00 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.
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 12:16:00 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.
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 12:20:00 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.
Fri, Feb 6, 2015 12:28:00 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