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Wednesday 28 March 2012

Morrison injury not as bad as feared

West Brom midfielder should return before end of this season

Influential midfielder James Morrison has been in superb form for West Brom this season

West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison could play again this season after the club revealed his knee injury is not as bad as they first feared.

The 25-year-old Scot was carried off towards the end of the club's 3-1 defeat against Newcastle United in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.

Morrison suffered a knee ligament injury, but the prognosis is far better than the Baggies thought it might be at the time.

"If all goes to plan, James should be able to play again this season"
- Mark Gillett

A statement on the club's official website said: "Scans have revealed the Scotland international injured a medial ligament in his left knee against Newcastle - not the more problematic cruciate ligament.

"Morrison, who was carried off in the 82nd minute of the 3-1 defeat, has already begun his rehab at the club's training ground."

The club's head of medical services, Mark Gillett, added: "We've had positive news on James.

"We came to the conclusion on Sunday that it would more likely be a medial ligament issue, rather than a cruciate one, but you can't be 100% sure until the swelling has receded and you get the injury scanned.

"The outcome means that his rehab period will be more a case of weeks than months and, if all goes to plan, he should be able to play again this season."

Morrison has played in 28 of the club's 30 Barclays Premier League matches this season, scoring four times in the process.

Baggies defender Liam Ridgewell admits losing Morrison for the next few weeks is a blow to their hopes of finishing in the top half of the top.

"Mozza is a good player and it was disappointing to see him go down like that, especially if it means he's going to be missing for a few weeks," said Ridgewell.

"He's a big player for the team."

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Key Points

  • James Morrison injured his knee against Newcastle
  • Scottish midfielder suffered ligament injury, but it is not as bad as first feared
  • Club hopeful he could play again for them this season