Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has taken to Twitter to confirm that he has fully recovered from the broken ankle he sustained last year.
The 23-year-old is widely regarded to be one of the best young keepers in the country, but having impressed many since he joined Stoke in 2013, Butland suffered a major setback when he fractured his ankle whilst away on international duty with England early last year.
Any hopes that he would swiftly return to football were dashed towards the end of 2016 when he failed to fully recover from the injury, however, having undergone ankle surgery once again back in December, and enjoyed a spell of rehab in Qatar, the England international now looks ready to return to action after what he has called a 'horrendous' year.
Writing on Twitter, Butland said:
Surgeon couldn't be happier with my ankle, fracture completely healed and free to progress! Best early birthday present ever — Jack Butland (@JackButland_One) 6 March 2017
"Been a horrendous year of setbacks but finally got the news I've been waiting for! now i can get the gloves back on and out on the pitch."
been a horrendous year of setbacks but finally got the news i've been waiting for! now i can get the gloves back on and out on the pitch — Jack Butland (@JackButland_One) 6 March 2017
Stoke manager Mark Hughes recently suggested that Butland could be ready for a return to the first-team by mid-March and though it will be a difficult decision to choose between the Englishman and the impressive Lee Grant, the Potters' boss will surely welcome the selection headache.
Whilst his return to the Stoke side may be approaching, Butland is unlikely to be considered by England manager Gareth Southgate for the upcoming international matches with Germany and Lithuania in late March, as he looks to focus on regaining both his form and fitness at club level.