- Crouch header makes history
- Saints finish 8th
- Stoke at 13th
Peter Crouch nabbed his 50th Premier League headed goal to help Stoke finish the season with a 1-0 win over Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday.
Saints finished the year on a 450-minute plus run without a goal at St. Mary’s.
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Mame Biram Diouf came close with a 56th minute header off a corner kick, but he pushed his offering wide.
Geoff Cameron swept a gorgeous cross from the right that Crouch powered home for his 10th of the season.
Jack Butland made a terrific save following the goal, and then stopped Manolo Gabbiadini on an 80th minute breakaway.
Butland then denied Sofiane Boufal with a left leg stop that showed he’s back in international form, then swatting away Gabbiadini’s attempt off a corner kick.
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Stoke City’s long-coming goalkeeping dilemma will come to a head soon, as Jack Butland is back in training.
A year ago today, the Potters confirmed that star backstop Butland would miss EURO 2016 with a broken ankle. He’d need multiple surgeries as recovery dragged on and on.
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That was more palatable thanks to the play of Lee Grant, who arrived on loan from Derby County but became a permanent Potter in January. Grant has been a key part of Stoke’s season.
Butland is contracted to Stoke through 2021, and he’ll ascend to the starting gig sooner rather than later. But Grant is in the catbird seat for now, and at least will have made himself attractive to other clubs seeking a keeper.
Jack Butland missed out on the final two months of the 2015-16 Premier League season, as well as a surefire place in the England squad for EURO 2016, after fracturing his ankle in a friendly against Germany last March.
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The 23-year-old Stoke City goalkeeper was aiming and originally on track for a return to action early in the 2016-17 season, but unexpected complications during his road to recovery will result in “a minor operation” early next week, Butland announced on Friday.
It sounds as though he could have continued his rehab and returned to the field with the “current ankle issue” unresolved, but only at the risk of doing further, more serious damage down the road. As an extremely young, established no. 1 goalkeeper, there’s no sense in that for Butland, or for Stoke. Shay Given will continue to deputize in Butland’s absence.
Jack Butland has had an unfortunate run of injuries, and now, his latest setback raises a tough decision for new England manager Sam Allardyce as he looks to pick his first team for UEFA World Cup qualifying.
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After missing EURO 2016 with an ankle injury, Butland will now miss more time due to a second injury to the same ankle. Scar tissue appears to be the source of the new setback.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes insisted that Butland won’t be involved in the match as he looks to regain full health for both club and country.
“He won’t be involved in that. 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.”
In addition to Butland’s reported absence, Manchester City keeper Joe Hart has had his national team future altered after being benched for the club’s opening day win against Sunderland.
Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton each made the England roster for EURO 2016, however, it remains to be seen who Allardyce will lean on when the Three Lions begin Group F play for WCQ on Sept. 4 against Slovakia.
Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland has been ruled out through the summer after the 23-year-old suffered a broken ankle in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Germany, his club side announced on Sunday.
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Consequently, Butland will miss the remainder of the Premier League season and this summer’s European Championship, which kicks off June 10 in France.
With Joe Hart currently out for an unknown period of time, Butland had been named England’s no. 1 heading into the current round of international friendlies and seemed destined to deputize Hart at Euro 2016 and push him for the starting job in the future, if not start in his place this summer.
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With Hart and Butland both out injured, Southampton’s Fraser Forster and Burnley’s Tom Heaton are the next-in-line ‘keepers on the roster ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against the Netherlands.