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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).
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.