Jack Butland: Stoke goalkeeper requires further surgery on damaged ankle

Jack Butland

England and Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland could be out of action for a further two months as he will undergo an operation on his troublesome ankle next week.

Butland, 23, had surgery in March after being injured in England’s 3-2 win over Germany in Berlin.

The injury flared up again this summer and he has not played this season.

Stoke signed Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant on deadline day because of concerns over Butland’s fitness.

“I’ll be having a minor operation on Monday,” Butland said in a social media statement.