West Bromwich Albion Vs Middlesbrough, Sat 17 Apr 2010

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West Brom midfielder James Morrison returns to face former club Middlesbrough at what is certain to a partisan Hawthorns following the club`s return to the Premier League last weekend.

Morrison missed the promotion-clinching 3-2 win at Doncaster nursing tight hamstrings but is now back in training and likely to be included in Roberto Di Matteo`s matchday 18.

However, the injured trio of right-back Gianni Zuiverloon (thigh), winger Jerome Thomas (hamstring) and defender Gonzalo Jara (broken metatarsal) continue to miss out.

Striker Roman Bednar needs to undergo a hernia operation but will do so in the summer, meaning he is available to face a Boro side who will be looking for all three points to keep alive their hopes of a play-off spot.

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan has not yet given up hope of being allowed to select midfielder Gary O'Neil for the do-or-die clash.

The Teessiders are engaged in negotiations with the 26-year-old's former club Portsmouth over the #1million they will have to hand over should be play one more game to complete a century for the north-east club.

O'Neil has missed the last two matches as a result of the clause in the transfer deal but Boro are hopeful of reaching a compromise as they attempt to fight their way into the Coca-Cola Championship play-offs.

Rhys Williams will be available at The Hawthorns despite an ongoing pelvic problem while full-back Andrew Taylor (groin) could return. Jeremie Aliadiere (broken toe) is back in training but the game is likely to come too soon for him.

Emanuel Pogatetz (knee), Seb Hines (ankle and medial ligament), Willo Flood (cruciate tear), Tony McMahon (stress fracture of the foot) and Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) remain on the sidelines.

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Jeremie Aliadiere
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