Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland was delighted to emerge unscathed as he made his first appearance since breaking his ankle in March.
The England international played the opening 45 minutes of the Potters’ 3-0 defeat to Burton Albion on Saturday, keeping a clean sheet during his time on the field at the Pirelli Stadium.
The friendly match was the 23-year-old’s first appearance since sustaining the ankle injury while on international duty with England and he admits that he was pleased to get out on the pitch again.
“I’m really pleased to be back and get some minutes under my belt,” Butland told the club’s official website. “From a mental point of view as well, the last time I was on pitch I broke my ankle, so to get through that and feel what it’s like to be back on the pitch is really good.”
The former Birmingham player was also happy to report that he was feeling no ill effects after the match, and he is now looking forward to continuing his recovery, with the Potters next scheduled friendly against Preston North End due to take place on July 23.
He added: “I felt good, I felt strong and my ankle feels really good as well which is really positive. Initially after the operation I wasn’t doing a lot.”