Scottish Football - Bannan replaces Morrison in Scotland squad

James Morrison has withdrawn from the Scotland squad ahead of the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Serbia, with Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan replacing him.

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It is understood that West Brom midfielder Morrison, whose two international goals have come against the Welsh, sustained a hamstring injury playing against Stoke at the weekend.

The 26-year-old becomes the fourth player to pull out following the withdrawal of Ross McCormack, James Forrest and Danny Fox on Monday.

Norwich City defender Steven Whittaker was drafted in by Gordon Strachan as he prepares for his first competitive game as national team boss against the Welsh at Hampden on Friday night, while 23-year-old Bannan followed as a direct result of Morrison's injury.

McCormack, who was sent home because of illness ahead of last month's friendly win over Estonia, missed Leeds' game against Huddersfield on Saturday after suffering a head knock in their previous npower Championship match against Peterborough.

Fox has missed Southampton's last two games after going off with a thigh injury in their defeat to QPR earlier this month.

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