Alan Irvine confirms Joleon Lescott absence

Manchester City's Joleon Lescott in action during a friendly match against SuperSport United on July 14, 2013
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West Brom boss Alan Irvine underlines the importance of allowing Joleon Lescott to make a fully recovery from injury before ushering him into the fold.

Alan Irvine has confirmed that Joleon Lescott will miss West Bromwich Albion's start to the season, and stressed the importance of patience in his recovery from injury.

The former Manchester City defender will sit out the Baggies' Premier League opener with Sunderland on Saturday due a knee injury.

Lescott took a knock in West Brom's pre-season clash with Nottingham Forest, and Irvine is aware that rushing him back to fitness may make things worse.

"It's important that we make sure we bring Joleon back in at the right moment," he told reporters.

"He was desperate to get back in and make sure he was ready for the start of the season and probably, with hindsight, he came back a little bit too early.

"This time we're being a little bit more cautious to make sure that he's definitely ready for when he comes back."

Saturday's encounter at The Hawthorns is scheduled to kick off at 3pm.

Gustavo Poyet the Sunderland manager celebrates his team's 1-0 victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on May 3, 2014
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