England and Stoke
goalkeeper Jack Butland could be out of action for a further two months as he
will undergo an operation on his troublesome ankle next week, the BBC reports.
Butland, 23, had surgery in March after being injured in
England's 3-2 win over Germany in Berlin. The injury flared up again this
summer and he has not played this season.
Stoke signed Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant on deadline day
because of concerns over Butland's fitness.
-I'll be having a minor operation on Monday. Rather than
push through and risk damaging further, I'd like to have it sorted for good and
be back to the levels I was at last year, he posted on Socia Media.
Having trained without trouble during pre-season, Butland
suffered a training ground injury on the eve of Stoke City's opening Premier
League match against Middlesbrough.