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Lescott edges closer to Baggies bow

Defender Joleon Lescott is edging closer to making his West Brom debut after coming through 90 minutes of a friendly.

The 32-year-old has had a knee injury which has prevented him appearing for the club he joined as a free agent in the summer following his release by Manchester City.

Lescott returned from a week working with fitness specialists in the United States to feature in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Hull, watched by head coach Alan Irvine.

"Joleon played the 90 minutes and played well - he looked good," the Baggies boss told

"We will see how he feels after the game but it was very encouraging.

"Now it is really important that we do not rush him because that could lead to a setback.

"He's got to be right before we consider him for a first team game but I'm sure he would love to play at the weekend (against former club Everton).

"Certainly, the sooner we have Joleon and indeed all the other injury-affected players fit the better."

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