Stoke City keeper Jack Butland out for up to 6 weeks

Stoke are now likely to seek compensation from the FA for Butland's lay-off which could see him miss crucial matches against Brighton, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Burnley and West Ham.

Jack Butland has been ruled out for up to six weeks after breaking a finger during a training session with England on Thursday.

The 24-year-old saw a specialist on Friday morning and Stoke's medical staff have decided he does not require surgery. 

However his absence will still come as a devastating blow to Mark Hughes with his side struggling to find form this season.

Jack Butland is out for up to six weeks after breaking a finger during England training

Jack Butland is out for up to six weeks after breaking a finger during England training

The Stoke goalkeeper was expected to start at Wembley in Friday's friendly against Germany

The Stoke goalkeeper was expected to start at Wembley in Friday's friendly against Germany

Butland took to Twitter on Thursday to express his disappointment at his latest injury

Butland took to Twitter on Thursday to express his disappointment at his latest injury

Stoke are now likely to seek compensation from the FA for Butland's lay-off which could see him miss crucial matches against Brighton, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Burnley and West Ham.

He was out for more than a year after fracturing his ankle for England against Germany in March 2016.

Butland played in England's final World Cup qualifier and manager Gareth Southgate was set to continue with the 24-year-old for the visit of world champions Germany.

He is widely viewed as Joe Hart's successor as No 1 and has impressed this season despite Stoke currently being just three points above the Premier League relegation zone.

Lee Grant will deputise for the Potters — the 34-year-old stopper played 30 games in all competitions last season and impressed. 

It is Butland's second injury while on England duty, after he broke his ankle in March 2016

It is Butland's second injury while on England duty, after he broke his ankle in March 2016

Lee Grant will deputise for the Potters — the 34-year-old stopper impressed last season

Lee Grant will deputise for the Potters — the 34-year-old stopper impressed last season