Mowbray explains Morrison withdrawal

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West Brom manager Tony Mowbray has defended James Morrison's withdrawal from Scotland's training get-together at St Andrews.

The Baggies midfielder, who spent three weeks on the sidelines with a niggling hamstring problem before returning for the 2-2 draw at Hull nine days ago, pulled out of the camp on Monday to undergo rehab work at the Hawthorns.

"We wanted to strengthen his problem areas rather than send him away where he's out of our control," Mowbray told his club's official website,

"We want to control his rehabilitation."

Morrison's withdrawal is welcome news for Mowbray, who this week lost Chris Brunt, Dean Kiely, Robert Koren, Marek Cech and Abdoulaye Meite to international call-ups, while on Tuesday striker Roman Bednar was an 11th-hour inclusion in the Czech Republic squad for Wednesday's friendly with Morocco in Casablanca.

"Roman's been called up," Mowbray continued. "He's flying to Casablanca - it's a bit warmer there.

"Nobody else has pulled out.

"In an ideal world, we'd like them all to stay with us, rebuild their confidence and work with them during training because we have some important games coming up.

"Every manager is the same but you're governed by rules and regulations about call-ups."

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West Bromwich Albion
James Morrison
Roman Bednar
Chris Brunt
Marek Cech
Premier League
Robert Koren
Dean Kiely
Abdoulaye Meite
Hull City

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