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Dorrans an option as Morrison misses out; TEAM NEWS.

JAMES Morrison went from being 'very, very doubtful' by Steve Clarke to 'out' in the space of a few minutes during a fiery pre-match press conference.

The Scotland midfielder has a hamstring injury, which ruled him out of their World Cup qualifiers.

But it wasn't Morrison's absence which had wound up the Baggies boss - more the behaviour of Peter Odemwingie and the subsequent media questions over his conduct.

Odemwingie will be in the travelling party for the tomorrow's game at West Ham - which should make for plenty of awkwardness, given he was also critical of some of his team-mates.

Whether he is in the final 18 remains to be seen, but if there are 19 or more players available then don't necessarily be surprised to see him as the odd-manout.

Ben Foster will be in goal, fresh from his return to international duty.

The back four is expected to be the same which leaves just the midfield four (or five) to tinker around with in the absence of Morrison.

Graham Dorrans returns to the fold and could be a natural replacement for Morrison, although Shane Long will be vying for a first-team spot following his recent impressive outing for Republic of Ireland.

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