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Published: 21:34 | 26/3/16

Butland worry for Stoke


Stoke City face an anxious wait on the fitness of goalkeeper Jack Butland, who picked up an ankle injury on international duty with England.

Butland seemed to twist his right ankle when going to ground in the 41st minute during Saturday's 3-2 international friendly win over Germany, and pulled up two minutes later following a kick out from the edge of his six-yard box.

However, the 23-year-old did not go to ground, and was left out of position as Toni Kroos went on to open the scoring at the Olympic Stadium.

He eventually left the field on a stretcher, to be replaced by Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

"It's an ankle injury but we don't know the extent," England manager Roy Hodgson told a news conference.

"When you're talking about ligaments, there's always some kind of worry but we'll assess him."

Butland tweeted on Sunday that he would undergo a scan on his right ankle during the week.

"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!"

Butland's injury gives Shay Given a chance to work his way into Ireland manager Martin O'Neill's plans for the Euro 2016 finals in France this summer.

The Stoke reserve goalkeeper has not played since he injured his knee during Ireland's 1-0 win over Germany last October and only returned to full training with his club at the start of March.

However, an extended run in the Premier League could see Given, 39, challenge West Ham's Darren Randolph, Millwall's David Forde and Newcastle's Rob Elliot as they look to secure the three goalkeeping berths on offer in O'Neill's 23-man squad.

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