Scotland pair Darren Fletcher and James Morrison facing time on sidelines



Scotland midfielder James Morrison is facing a race against time to be fit for March’s double header against the Czech Republic and Denmark after being ruled out for up to two months with a hamstring tear.

And Morrison’s West Brom and international team-mate Darren Fletcher is hoping that his knee injury is not too serious.

Morrison lasted just seven minutes in last Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea, while former Manchester United midfielder Fletcher was forced off at half-time in Saturday’s 3-0 league defeat at Southampton.

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Fletcher had played every minute of all the Baggies league matches up until Saturday (Twitter: @WBAFCofficial)

Scotland face the Czech Republic and Denmark in friendlies on March 24 and 29 respectively and national team manager Gordon Strachan will be keeping his fingers crossed that the Baggies pair will be available.

Confirming their injuries, West Brom manager Tony Pulis said: “We’re disappointed with Morrison. That’s a big blow for us because James has been a good player for us in that pocket.

“He works and helps the midfield players out, but he’s got that quality to set us on our way.

“Fletcher’s going to have a scan and then we’ll look at it.

“We’re hoping it’s something we can sort out, but until it’s scanned we just don’t know how bad it is.

“That’s two very important midfield players for us and two players who’ve been very good this year.

“We don’t need that. We haven’t got a big enough squad to cope with those sort of injuries.”