Mowbray optimistic over Simpson

11 February 2009 05:04
West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Mowbray is confident striker Jay Simpson will be back fit for their next game at Fulham on 22 February.Simpson, 20, has impressed since signing for the Baggies on loan from Arsenal but missed Saturday's defeat to Newcastle with a hamstring strain."I hope Jay will be back for the Fulham game," Mowbray told the Albion website."But there is no guarantee. Next week is important because if we can get him running he'll be close for Fulham."Simpson is far from the only injury concern for Mowbray at the moment but the Albion boss is hopeful that defender Jonas Olsson and key midfielder Jonathan Greening will soon return from knee trouble."Jonas went through a two-week spell of resting and letting the inflammation settle down. I'd say he's got another three weeks to go if everything goes smoothly," Mowbray said.Greening strained medial ligaments in the first meeting with Burnley in the fourth round of FA Cup and, like Olsson, could be back for the Baggies' trip to Everton at the end of February."Jonno's been out for three weeks now and medial ligaments tend to take six weeks to recover from," Mowbray added."Fulham will come too soon but I don't think it will be too long after that."

Source: BBC_Sport