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JOLEON LESCOTT is happy to continue as Everton’s emergency left-back – as the club’s injury curse struck again yesterday.

Young reserve Paddy Boyle has become the latest fullback in David Moyes’s squad to face a spell on the sidelines after he was diagnosed with a stress fracture of the back.

Boyle, who returned from a month-long loan spell at Norwich City with the problem, will see a specialist tomorrow and is now expected to be ruled out until the New Year.

The 19-year-old joins Alessandro Pistone, Gary Naysmith and Tony Hibbert in the treatment room, although Everton did receive some good news yesterday when Nuno Valente returned to full training.

The injury problems have pressed new centre-back signing Lescott into filling the left-back berth in Everton’s last three games against Sheffield United, Luton Town and Arsenal.

And the 24-year-old insists he has no qualms performing in the unaccustomed role.

“I think it’s going well personally but more importantly the team is going well,” said Lescott. “I am just glad I am part of things.

“The first game I was a little nervous because it was my first game in the Premiership, but since then I have grown in confidence.

“I know that when the gaffer asked me to play at left-back it was not because he saw me playing in that position long-term, but it was just to help the team out which I am more than willing to do,” he said