‘Dev­as­tated’ But­land could miss out af­ter an­kle break

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - TOTAL FOOTBALL - By Ja­son Burt and John Percy

A “dev­as­tated” Jack But­land could see his dream of play­ing at Euro 2016 dis­ap­pear af­ter it was con­firmed the goal­keeper had frac­tured his right an­kle.

The ini­tial di­ag­no­sis is that the 23-year-old will be out for up to three months, which would cer­tainly rule him out of the tour­na­ment – but it still de­pends on the lig­a­ment dam­age he has suf­fered and the speed of his re­cov­ery.

But­land suf­fered the freak in­jury dur­ing Eng­land’s 3-2 away vic­tory against Ger­many and was car­ried off in tears. A scan yes­ter­day con­firmed a frac­ture. A source de­scribe the in­jury as “nasty”. It will have se­ri­ous ram­i­fi­ca­tions for his club, Stoke City, who are vy­ing to qual­ify for Europe. He tweeted last night: “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!”

Eng­land man­ager Roy Hodg­son ex­pressed his con­cern af­ter the game that But­land had suf­fered a frac­ture and that has been re­alised. The in­ci­dent hap­pened in the 41st minute when But­land went to ground to col­lect the ball be­fore pulling up sharply af­ter he then ex­e­cuted a clear­ance. He did not sig­nal to the Eng­land bench – and Ger­many then cap­i­talised as Toni Kroos scored the open­ing goal of the game, which But­land would have cov­ered at his near post had he not been in­jured. He took no fur­ther part in the match.

But­land was start­ing as un­der­study to Joe Hart, who dam­aged a calf in the Manch­ester derby but is ex­pected to re­turn soon. Fraser Forster, the Southamp­ton goal­keeper, was al­ways due to start to­mor­row’s friendly at Wem­b­ley against Holland, which But­land would have sat out. Burn­ley’s Tom Heaton is now Forster’s un­der­study.

Hodg­son has to name his squad for Euro 2016 in just over seven weeks, on May 12, and he has al­ready stated that he will not take any in­jured play­ers, or any­one who is still only work­ing his way back to full fit­ness.

To­mor­row’s fix­ture will rep­re­sent the last chance for many play­ers to im­press Hodg­son, with no fur­ther Eng­land fix­tures be­ing played be­tween now and the date of the Euro 2016 squad an­nounce­ment.

Mean­while, Manch­ester United striker Mar­cus Rash­ford drew a blank on his Eng­land Un­der-20s de­but as their Canada coun­ter­parts caused an up­set with a 2-1 win at Don­caster’s Keep­moat Sta­dium yes­ter­day. Chelsea’s Kasey Palmer scored Eng­land’s goal.

Tour­na­ment fear: The length of Jack But­land’s lay-off will de­pend on lig­a­ment dam­age

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