Jack Butland Injury: Updates on Stoke Goalkeeper's Ankle and Recovery

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured Columnist

England’s goalkeeper Jack Butland lies on a stretcher after suffering an injury during a friendly soccer match between Germany and England in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, March 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland suffered a fractured ankle during England's 3-2 win over Germany on March 26, a huge blow for both club and country.

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Butland Comments on Euro 2016 Hopes

Tuesday, March 29

“I don’t think it is (the European Championships) going to be an option for me now, to be honest, because I won’t be able to play again between now and the end of the season," he told #pottersmag (h/t StokeCityFC.com).

Butland added:


I will have an operation on Tuesday night and then it is all about working hard and making sure I come out the other side stronger and better than before. 

It is difficult because I have been working towards the Euros this summer, but I won’t be able to be part of that experience now. 


Butland's Recovery Timeline Emerges

Sunday, March 27

According to the Guardian's Daniel Taylor, Butland's first-half injury suffered in the international friendly against Germany will keep him sidelined for three months.


Undeserved Slice of Ill-Fortune for In-Form Butland

The Stoke keeper has enjoyed an exceptional breakout campaign during the 2015-16 season, establishing himself as England's second-choice stopper behind Manchester City's Joe Hart.

Butland has shown superb reflexes and top-drawer shot-stopping capabilities throughout the year, and he would fully have deserved his place aboard the flight to France for Euro 2016.

The news of his injury will also be a big blow to Stoke, who currently sit eighth in the Premier League standings and are still battling for a UEFA Europa League ticket.

Jakob Haugaard is likely to replace Butland in the Stoke City goal.