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At long last, Butland returns to full training with Stoke

Burton Albion v Stoke City - Pre Season friendly

BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Jack Butland of Stoke City during the Pre Season Friendly match between Burton Albion and Stoke City at the Pirelli Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Burton upon Albion, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)"n

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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.

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