Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant sidelined for the next few weeks
Last Updated: 01/03/18 2:53pm
Stoke back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant will spend a few weeks on the sidelines after suffering a broken wrist.
The 35-year-old complained of soreness after participating in the warm-up prior to last Sunday's 1-1 draw at Leicester and examinations later revealed a fracture.
Dane Jakob Haugaard is now likely to be Jack Butland's deputy for this weekend's crucial trip to relegation rivals Southampton.
Stoke manager Paul Lambert said: "Lee has got a little break in his wrist. He felt it in the warm-up against Leicester on Saturday. It has just shown up, he will be out for a few weeks."
Butland is in contention for the England goalkeeper's jersey ahead of the World Cup in Russia this summer, but he was at fault for Leicester's equaliser last week, when he diverted a Marc Albrighton cross into his own net.
Lambert backed his No 1 immediately after the game and says the 24-year-old's response in training since has been very positive.
"He's been brilliant, which I'd expect," said the manager. "He reacted the right way after the mistake with two brilliant saves. He's a brilliant goalkeeper and he's going to be even better as he gets older.
"I don't have any fear about Jack at all. The type of lad he is, he is confident to handle situations like that."
Stoke forward Peter Crouch and defender Ryan Shawcross should both be available for Saturday's game at St Mary's after overcoming ankle injuries.
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