Stoke City stopper provides injury update; claims he is progressing well

Stoke City have been a shadow of their former selves during the absence of their number one goalkeeper.

Stoke City and England stopper Jack Butland has provided an update on his season-ending injury, while speaking to Goals on Sunday.

He told the Sky Sports programme: "At the minute my ankle is not the best, we are progressing well though. I had an operation which was extremely successful three weeks ago, and now it's another three weeks until the boot comes off, and I can start walking and really pushing things on."

The Stoke fans will be anxious to have their keeper back for the start of next season.

Since Butland injured his ankle on international duty with England, the Potters have uncharacteristically shipped six goals in two games, and they have quite obviously missed their number one goalkeeper's calming influence on their back-line.

Butland went on to speak about how he was completely oblivious to the severity of the injury at the time.

"It was so innocuous at the time, I had no idea what I did," he said.

Although he claims Mark Hughes was disappointed, he insists he has had full support from everyone at the club:

"Everyone at the club have been really positive, including the physio's and the manager, making sure I get back fit and making sure I get right."

Butland is expected to return for Stoke in July, and he will be hoping to get a full pre-season under his belt before the new campaign kicks off in August.

The Potters play host to title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night, with the visitors looking to make inroads into Leicester City's lead at the top.

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