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24 January 2017

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland gives Mark Hughes injury boost as he targets an early return

Jack Butland has had a nightmare 10 months on the sidelines but the Stoke goalkeeper has finally received some good news.

Butland fractured his ankle in England ‘s 3-2 victory over Germany in March and hasn’t played since due to a series of injury setbacks.

Mark Hughes delivered more bad news to Potters fans earlier this month that Butland may not feature until next season.

However, the Bristol-born keeper revealed on Tuesday that his latest x-ray looks good and he could be back sooner than that.

Jack Butland of England lies on the pitch as he gets injured

The goalkeeper hasn’t played since fracturing his ankle in England’s March victory over Germany (Photo: Getty)

England's goalkeeper Jack Butland is carried off on a stretcher

The 23-year-old stopper is carried off on a stretcher (Photo: Getty)

“Had some really good news,” Butland tweeted.

“X-rays look perfect and I can now lose the crutches and begin strengthening – I’m coming.”

Butland, who joined Stoke for £4million from Birmingham four years ago, hasn’t played for the Potters since a 2-1 win over Watford on March 19 last year.

Butland’s last game for Stoke was a 2-1 victory at Watford on March 19, 2016 (Photo: Alex Broadway/Getty)

Hughes brought in Derby keeper Lee Grant on loan in September to fill in after Butland was injured in the warm-up to this season’s Premier League opener.

Grant’s move was made permanent earlier this month, with Stoke playing £1.3m to retain his services.

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