Butland set to miss rest of season with ankle injury

Date published: Monday 28th March 2016 7:58

Jack Butland: Stoke City goalkeeper likely to miss rest of season

Jack Butland has been left “absolutely devastated” after a scan confirmed he has suffered a fractured ankle that leave his Euro 2016 hopes hanging by a thread.

The Football Association announced the extent of the injury Butland suffered in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Germany, confirming in the process that the 23-year-old has left the England squad.

Such injuries usually require months of recovery time, meaning Butland is now unlikely to play again for Stoke City this season, therefore throwing his participation at the European Championship in doubt with the tournament in France just 10 weeks away.

The FA said in a statement on Sunday evening: “Goalkeeper Jack Butland will miss Tuesday night’s fixture against the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium after fracturing his ankle.

“The Stoke City man sustained the injury in the first half of Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Germany in Berlin and has now returned home.”

Butland had earlier been optimistic about his prospects, vowing he would “work hard to get back fit”.

But the results of a scan delivered news he was dreading, and Butland wrote on Twitter: “Today’s scan revealed I’ve fractured my ankle, absolutely devasted (sic)! I’ll be doing everything I can to get back fit as soon as I can!”

Butland picked up the injury just before Toni Kroos opened the scoring in Berlin but did not kick the ball out and was beaten from long distance – staying down as Germany celebrated.

He tweeted on Sunday morning: “Firstly, what a night to be involved in! an incredible and much deserved win against the World Cup winners, makes me proud to be English!

“But my nature to not give up was my downfall, the injury I’ll recover from but more importantly the experience I’ll learn from!”

The FA said England manager Roy Hodgson would not be adding to his squad at present.

England had a light training session at their Grove hotel base in Watford on Sunday as they began preparations for the Holland game, following the impressive display in Berlin.

With Joe Hart injured, Butland was handed his fourth cap for the clash with Germany, and was replaced by Fraser Forster moments before half-time after going down in agony.

Burnley’s Tom Heaton is also in Hodgson’s current squad and could have a role to play against Holland at Wembley on Tuesday.

England conceded a second goal to Mario Gomez in the second half against Germany but shocked the world champions as Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy struck to level before Eric Dier headed a last-minute winner.

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