Butland provides injury update on Twitter, fans react with relief

Stoke City's Jack Butland

The Stoke City goalkeeper sustained an ankle injury in training earlier this week

Stoke City's Jack ButlandStoke City's Jack Butland

Jack Butland has taken to Twitter to reveal that his ankle injury sustained during the week is not as serious as first thought.

Butland was ruled out of Stoke's Premier League opener on Saturday afternoon against newly-promoted Middlesbrough having sustained the knock to his ankle in training.

The English goalkeeper went for a scan on Saturday and the former Birmingham City stopper has allayed fears of a long-term absence.

England's Jack Butland during the national anthem before the gameJack Butland on England duty

Butland tweeted: "Great news from my scans, ankle is solid but I've damaged some scar tissue which is giving me the pain, will settle down quick, back soon."

The goalkeeper missed the back end of last season with another ankle injury sustained on international duty, one that not only saw him miss out on the last eight games of the campaign, but also saw him lose out on a spot in Roy Hodgson's squad for Euro 2016.

Stoke City's Jack Butland, Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa in action with Newcastle's Seydou DoumbiaStoke City's Jack Butland, Erik Pieters, Marc Muniesa in action with Newcastle's Seydou Doumbia

And news of another ankle knock would have caused much angst among the Potters faithful of a recurrence of that injury, but it transpires it is just a minor knock to scar tissue.

Butland's absence meant that 40-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given was given the nod at the Riverside, pipping Jakob Haugaard to the post, who was also in the running to start.

Meanwhile, Stoke's fans responded with relief to Butland's update.

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