Stoke City's Jack Butland comments on injury setback

The England goalkeeper has been in fine form for his club this season.

Stoke City goalkeeperJack Butland pulled up last night in England's friendly with Germany with a suspected ankle injury. The Potters stopper was at fault for the hosts' opening goal, as he failed to signal to the bench after initially injuring himself. His poor kick out was pounced upon by the Germans, with Toni Kroos beating Butland at his near post.

He took Twitter, firstly to say what a great night it was, and his pride in wearing the three lions shirt:

"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!"

Butland then told of his frustration at not bringing attention to his injury earlier:

"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 fighting spirit he showed in carrying on may prove to be detrimental to the rest of his season. His club and country will be hoping the injury is not as bad as first thought, with the BBC reporting that he is due to undergo scans to assess the extent of the damage on his ankle.

This was later confirmed by Butland himself as he used Twitter again to update his fans:

"Thank you for all your messages, I'll be having a scan today to see the damage to my ankle and will work hard to get back fit! Thank you!"

With Manchester City player Joe Hart's injury in the week, Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson will be sweating on the outcome of Butland's scans.

The England goalkeeper was consoled by England colleague Fraser Forster. The Southampton man took to Twitter in support of the crocked Stoke star wishing him a speedy recovery while praising England's performance:

"Never nice to have to come on after an injury and hopefully Jack makes a speedy recovery. But great to be backout there after the last year and what a performance from the lads to come back and win."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be cursing his luck as Butland has proved to be such an integral part of his team's success this year. He has kept 10 clean sheets in the Premier League, while ranking first when it comes to saves made.

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