Monday 28 March 2016

England Goalkeeper Jack Butland Fractures Ankle In Win Over Germany

Jack Butland appears likely to miss Euro 2016 after fracturing his ankle in England's 3-2 win over Germany on Saturday. The extent of Butland's injury is yet to be diagnosed, but sources understand he will be out for three months.

Butland was injured in the run-up to Germany's opening goal in Berlin, staying down in obvious pain after Toni Kroos had scored in the 43rd minute. He appeared to sustain the injury when going to ground to collect the ball in the 41st minute, but pulled up visibly after electing to kick the ball out two minutes later. Stoke shot-stopper Butland did not signal to the England bench after being hurt and his poor kick out was pounced upon by Germany, who took the lead through a long-range Kroos shot that beat a hobbled Butland at his near post.

Butland said on Twitter “Today's scan revealed I've fractured my ankle, absolutely devastated! I'll be doing everything I can to get back fit as soon as I can!” Butland has now returned home after having the injury assessed, but he has predictably been withdrawn from the squad to face the Netherlands on Tuesday.
No replacement has been called up for Butland, meaning a possible senior England debut for Burnley 'keeper Tom Heaton at Wembley on Tuesday - he only joined the squad after Manchester City's Joe Hart suffered a calf injury against Manchester United last weekend.

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