The 24-year-old sustained a broken finger in training with the England national team and initial reports pointed to an absence of around six weeks before he is able to return to the playing field.

However, Potters assistant manager Mark Bowen told the club’s official website that Butland could be back sooner than that if things go perfectly in his recovery.

Bowen said: “He seems to think the time limit, at the very worst, will be around six weeks, but if it manages to knit itself together like we are all hoping it will, then he could be back before then – possibly in around three or four weeks.

“With these sorts of injuries you just never know and with it being a hand injury on a goalkeeper, you always have to err on the side of caution.

“So we will give it time to start knitting together again and then Jack will strap it up and see how it feels – at this early stage though we are loathe to put a definitive timescale on it.”

Lee Grant is expected to step in for the injured Butland when City return to action after the international break.

A trip to Brighton on Monday 20th November is next on the agenda, with Stoke currently in 14th place in the Premier League table.

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City hoping for Butland boost
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Stoke City are hopeful that goalkeeper Jack Butland will be back in action sooner than the initial six-week timescale suggested, with Lee Grant poised to deputise.
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