Date: 1st September 2014 at 1:30pm
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West Bromwich Albion have revealed that defender Joleon Lescott will be heading to America this international break to give him a fitness boost after he returned from injury.

Speaking to head coach Alan Irvine explained that the move was designed to give him the best chance possible of coming into contention for our match when everybody returns, and he also said that with other players called up by their countries, he was hoping in particular that James Morrison and new signing Georgios Samaras get game time to help bring them both further on as well.

As for Lescott, after recovering from his calf problem, he then picked up a knee injury and has been sidelined ever since, but he has now recovered and all he lacks is fitness.

‘Joleon is actually going to the States to do a fitness routine over there with people I know and who I’ve worked with before at Everton. This is just a pre season programme for him with people who have also worked with him before. There’s no concern, there was a just a feeling that it might be the best approach for him at this moment.’

Irvine goes on to say that the plan is he will return to England ‘absolutely ready to go’ and then after the week he can return to full training with the lads to bring up his sharpness and get him on board with the tactics.

With those called up who need fitness work, he added.

‘If they don’t play I’ll be bitterly disappointed because we could have done with them here, but they have been called up and they want to play and I respect that. Hopefully players who need football, get that.’

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