Barcelona received a huge scare today as German National Team coach Julian Naggelsmann confirmed a back injury for Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The goalkeeper will now return to the Barcelona camp.
“Marc-Andre ter Stegen will miss both games due to acute back pain. He will probably be travelling back to Barcelona tomorrow morning. The thing is, he won’t be able to play or train,” Nagelsmann said during a press conference ahead of Germany vs Turkey.
While the German has not been able to replicate his spectacular form from last season, he is still undisputed as the first-choice goalkeeper at Barcelona.
Inaki Pena serves as the second choice, and is ready to replace ter Stegen if push comes to shove, but will likely not get a chance between the sticks as per new updates.
Javi Miguel confirmed that ter Stegen’s injury is not as serious as it seems, and that he will undergo a proper diagnosis when the player return to the Barcelona camp tomorrow.
Ter Stegen’s back problems are not new, though, as confirmed by the reporter, who injured his vertebrae after signing for the club in the 2014/15 season. He has made a full recovery since then.
Despite that, Barcelona understandably do not want to take any risks with their stars in the middle of the season, especially after several of their starters have already missed key games due to injury already, including Frenkie de Jong, Jules Kounde, Pedri, Robert Lewandowski, and Ronald Araujo.
Ter Stegen has enjoyed a largely trouble-free two seasons after suffering from serious knee trouble in the 2019/20 season.
Barcelona will travel to Madrid after the international break to take on Rayo Vallecano in La Liga. Xavi and co. will be hoping they can rely on Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and other stars, including Frenkie de Jong, who has not played a game since 23rd September.
Source link : https://barcauniversal.com/barcelona-aces-back-injury-not-serious-club-will-assess-the-situation-on-return/
Author : Udhav Arora
Publish date : 2023-11-17 19:23:29
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