Moyes plays down Lescott absence

Toffees boss says star defender is injured

Lescott: Hip injury

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David Moyes has played down Joleon Lescott's absence against Coventry City, stating the Everton ace was injured.

The England international was a notable absentee from the Toffees' 2-2 pre-season draw with Coventry on Sunday.

Manchester City have already seen two lofty bids for the 26-year-old defender rejected by Everton this summer.

Speculation increased a deal could be nearing completion following Lescott's absence at the weekend, although Moyes puts that down to a hip injury.

Hip injury

The Toffees boss says the former Wolves man picked up a hip injury on the club's pre-season trip to the United States and that he did not want to risk him against the Sky Blues.

"Joleon picked up a hip injury is America so we probabley don't expect him to be fit until the end of the week," explained Moyes.

"He didn't travel with us, why would I bring an injured player?"