Jack Butland could return to the Stoke City squad next week


Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland could be back sooner than expected, although he will not feature away at Crystal Palace tomorrow.

Butland had to withdraw from the latest England internationals against Germany and Brazil after suffering a broken finger in training.

Butland missed the Potters’ clash against Brighton on Monday, which ended in a 2-2 draw, with Maxim Choupo-Moting and Kurt Zouma scoring.

Hughes said: “We are hopeful that Jack will be able to get some work done, with protection, next week.

“It hasn’t healed completely, but hopefully he can get the gloves on and see how it goes.

“If he can manage quality work then it will clearly be a positive for us.”

Stoke will also be without USA international Geoff Cameron who is struggling to recover from concussion and is still in the process of getting back to full fitness.

“Geoff Cameron is working on the grass too, although he isn’t back with the group yet.

“We anticipate that within the next seven to 10 days he will be back with group.

“He needs a little bit of conditioning work, but we don’t expect him out for too much longer,” Hughes said.

Xherdan Shaqiri should be available for the game tomorrow after coming off in the draw against Brighton: “Xherdan Shaqiri is ok,” Hughes added, “he had a bit of a tightness before the Brighton game.

“We needed to protect him late on, especially with the demanding schedule coming up.”

Stoke head into tomorrow’s clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in good spirits after going three games unbeaten.

Hughes commented on the Potters’ current form: “We are starting to build our season and having some continuity in terms of selection.

“We are three unbeaten now, including two difficult away fixtures, so we are progressing.”


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