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Stoke boss Mark Hughes has confirmed Jack Butland is facing up to 10 weeks out following his ankle surgery.
That was the timeframe suggested by the club's chairman Peter Coates last week, ahead of Potters and England goalkeeper Butland having the operation on Monday.
And Hughes said on Friday: "I saw Jack yesterday, for the first time since the operation.
"All reports are it went really well. It was a little bit of scar tissue that was restricting the movement of the tendon in the ankle. That has all been cleared out.
"The likelihood is that it will be somewhere between six to 10 weeks when he comes back, and we are very hopeful the issue he has had is resolved now."
Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has confirmed he will undergo further surgery to correct an ankle problem.
Butland originally suffered the injury playing for England against Germany and then relapsed towards the end of pre-season, forcing him to miss the start of this campaign.
In a statement, Butland said: "Rather than push through and risk damaging further, I'd like to have it sorted and be back to the levels I was last year."
Stoke City have brought in centre-back Bruno Martins Indi from Porto on a season-long loan.
The Premier League club have the option to make the deal permanent in the summer, if they wish to do so.
Stoke City have signed Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony on loan for the rest of the season.
The Potters will pay a £2million fee as well as the Ivorian's £120,000 a week wages for the rest of the campaign.
Bony didn't feature in Pep Guardiola's plans this season and rarely featured over the summer in friendlies.
His departure leaves City with only Sergio Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho as recognised strikers.
Stoke City have signed goalkeeper Lee Grant on loan until January, the Premier League club have announced.
Grant has arrived following an injury to first-choice Jack Butland, which has forced Stoke to play 40-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given in the opening Premier League games of the season.
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