Butland injury leaves England goalkeeper spot wide open

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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.