Ravel Morrison could have played through pain, leaving West Ham manager Sam Allardyce frustrated

A January move to Fulham failed to materialise and the England Under-21 star could now be shipped off to QPR on loan until the end of the season

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce feels Ravel Morrison could have played through his recent groin injury - with the midfielder set to be shipped out on loan.

Morrison, 21, was a key performer for the Hammers earlier in the season, even as the team struggled to get their campaign up and running.

His form led to England Under-21 recognition but injuries, a slump in performances and the return to fitness of a number of West Ham's key players have seen Morrison's path back into the first-team fold restricted.

A move to fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Fulham in January failed to materialise and Allardyce had to refute claims Morrison had threatened to strike to force through a deal.

Now a loan move to a Sky Bet Championship side appears to be a distinct possibility, with QPR keen and with Allardyce frustrated at how long Morrison's injury has kept him on the sidelines.

"Listening to our medical staff, there is no problem that he can carry on - not at all," he said.

"He says he feels it occasionally. Instead of gritting your teeth and getting on with it... he's not the type.

"Lots and lots of players throughout the country will be playing with a similar type of injury that the medical team say 'you can carry on, it's not a problem'."

Back-to-back wins have seen the Hammers move up to 15th in the Barclays Premier League after a dismal couple of months, with Allardyce left bemoaning a fall in impact from former Manchester United youngster Morrison.

"Some come, rise to the occasion and then don't realise how far they have risen, then all of a sudden when they start realising where they have gone that can be a little bit of a problem," he added.

"You have a lot of other players that are challenging his (Morrison's) position and doing a better job than him. I'm always disappointed if no one gives me selection problems.

"I like the fact that you have to see how players deal with being left out - are they going to be professional or unprofessional about it?"

Allardyce refused to answer any further questions on Morrison at his press conference on Monday morning, with rumours surfacing shortly afterwards that Morrison was set to move away on a temporary basis.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports News after his side's loss to Derby: "It's a possibility, I've been trying to ring Sam all day. I think he'd like to come and if Sam wants to loan him, we're here."

PA

Suggested Topics
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there