Stoke boss Mark Hughes concedes Jack Butland’s injury setback comes as a big blow to his side.
Butland sustained an ankle injury in March and missed the end of last season, and Euro 2016 with England, as a result.
The keeper had been expected to return in time for the start of the season but suffered a setback in training in the build-up to Stoke’s Premier League opener, a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Hughes says the injury is not too serious but confirmed Butland won’t be available for Three Lions duty when Sam Allardyce oversees his first game in charge of England against Slovakia at the start of next month, meaning he will also miss the Potters’ clashes with Manchester City, Stevenage and Everton.
“He won’t be involved in that [England’s trip to Slovakia]. It’s important he gets back to playing and training and he’ll need a two-week period after the injury where he needs to get up to speed,” Hughes said.
“We don’t want to put a timescale on it but we’ve had good news. It should settle down quickly and it’s a matter of weeks rather than anything more significant thankfully.”
He added: “There was no challenge, he just felt an uncomfortable feeling in the ankle and as the session progressed he was in more pain.
“In the end he had to stop and sit it out. But it’s better news. When he first did it we thought that he had maybe re-fractured it and Jack was quite concerned at the time. It’s just an injury that will take a couple of weeks hopefully.”