Morrison handed fitness boost

05 February 2009 01:56
West Brom midfielder James Morrison has given his side a boost by declaring himself fit for the match against Newcastle on Saturday.[LNB] The 22-year-old has been struggling with a hamstring injury which kept him out for close to three weeks at the beginning of January.[LNB]The former Middlesbrough man felt some soreness in his hamstring in only his second game back against Hull last weekend and as a precaution was an unused substitute for the FA Cup replay against Burnley in midweek.[LNB]Morrison knows the importance of Saturday's clash, with just two points separating the bottom of the table Baggies from Newcastle in 15th.[LNB]"I should be ok to play despite my hamstring tightening up against Hull," he told the Express and Star.[LNB]"I didn't come on against Burnley in the FA Cup really as a precaution. It's just best to get a few more days rest.[LNB]"If I needed to come on I could have, but it was in everyone's best interests that I stayed on the bench.[LNB]"After the weekend we have got a two week break to rest up before the next game."[LNB]BackingThe Baggies were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Burnley on Tuesday after manager Tony Mowbray fielded a weakened side, but Morrison has backed his boss' decision.[LNB]"The injury list is still rather big and the manager was right to make changes against Burnley," he added.[LNB]Despite Mowbray guarding against any further injuries against the Clarets, loan signing Jay Simpson was forced off in the first-half with a hamstring complaint.[LNB]"Jay got injured on Tuesday and if he doesn't make it on Saturday it will be a massive blow for us," he declared.[LNB]A win at home to fellow strugglers Newcastle on Saturday could see Mowbray's men move as high as 14th in the table and the midfielder is in confident mood.[LNB]"We are at home and we are always confident when we play at home. We believe we can win on Saturday," he confirmed.[LNB]

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