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Butland must bide his time

Stoke City have no immediate plans to send Jack Butland back out on loan, but have warned that he will have to be patient.

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Jack Butland: Back at Stoke but remains down the pecking order

Jack Butland: Back at Stoke but remains down the pecking order

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The England U21 international spent the first half of the season in the Championship with Barnsley.

He was allowed to head out of the Britannia Stadium on a short-term deal as his route to the first team is blocked by Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen.

That agreement has since ended and Butland is back with the Potters.

Mark Hughes is eager to take a look at the 20-year-old in competitive action before deciding what his next move will be, but says he will resist the urge to hand him a Premier League bow while Begovic is out injured - regardless of the fact that the youngster is chasing a World Cup dream.

He said: "I'll probably give Jack a game against Leicester in the FA Cup at the weekend.

"It's important I have a look at him. I would like to see him first hand in the cup game.

"I've been lucky with the keepers I have. Asmir is outstanding, but Thomas has come in and done a good job.

"The World Cup does not come into my thinking. My thinking is purely about Jack's development and his progress here."

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