Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland looks set to miss the rest of the season and Euro 2016 after suffering a fractured ankle.
The Football Association announced the extent of the injury Butland suffered in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Germany, confirming in the process that the 23-year-old has left the England squad.
Such injuries usually require months of recovery time, and with the tournament in France just 10 weeks away it seems inevitable Butland will be spending the summer at home.
The FA said in a statement on Sunday evening: “Goalkeeper Jack Butland will miss Tuesday night’s fixture against the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium after fracturing his ankle.
The Stoke City man sustained the injury in the first half of Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Germany in Berlin and has now returned home.”
Butland had earlier been optimistic about his prospects, vowing he would “work hard to get back fit”, but the results of a scan delivered news he was dreading, and Butland wrote on Twitter: “Today’s scan revealed I’ve fractured my ankle, absolutely devasted (sic)! I’ll be doing everything I can to get back fit as soon as I can!”