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West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has played down surgery fears after suffering a fractured thumb.
Foster was forced to return from England duty during the recent international break due to the injury but believes he can cope with the problem with the aid of pain-killing jabs.
– Ben Foster Birmingham Mail
There was a little bit of bone that I chipped off it in training, which is a little bit unfortunate.
Hopefully I won't need surgery. I am managing it pretty well and getting some injections in it to kill the pain, so it's fine.
It is the way it is and I just have to hope it heals itself.
I'm hopeful it will and the doctors are as well, so that's that.
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.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster has left England's training camp to return to his club West Brom after sustaining a thumb injury.
"England goalkeeper Ben Foster picked up a knock in training on Tuesday and has returned to his club for treatment as a precautionary measure," said a statement from the FA.
"West Bromwich Albion will provide further guidance on Ben Foster.
"At this time, England manager Roy Hodgson will not call up any replacements."
West Brom said their medical team were assessing the problem.
"We will spend the next few days letting it settle down and then assess it again - but at this stage we are optimistic it is not a serious problem," director of football administration Richard Garlick told wba.co.uk.
"It made sense for Ben to take no chances."