Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen could be ruled out for at least two months as he will undergo surgery.
Ter Stegen has now missed the last three games for his club due to a back issue. The same problem saw him miss Germany’s two international friendly fixtures last month.
The club’s medical staff thought that the problem would be resolved through conservative treatment. However, his recovery is going at a much slower than expected.
According to Toni Juanmarti, both the club and Ter Stegen have decided that the goalkeeper will undergo surgery to correct his back problem.
The 31-year-old took some time to gather all the information before undergoing surgery, and then he decided to opt for surgery. The club respected the 2-3 extra days that the goalkeeper asked for before making a final decision.
Ter Stegen will undergo surgery, could miss the Champions League Round of 16 first-leg
Before undergoing surgery, the goalkeeper evaluated everything with his trusted staff and the German national team.
The German international is now expected to be out for 2-3 months which will be a major blow for La Liga champions. He will also miss the Spanish Super Cup, several La Liga games, and the early parts of the Copa del Rey.
Furthermore, he could also miss Barcelona’s all-important UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash, which will take place either on 13-14 or 20-21 February.
Nevertheless, despite Ter Stegen being injured, the club are not panicking as they already have La Masia graduate Inaki Pena, who has been good in the recent games.
As of now, signing another goalkeeper is not what the club is expected to do, but things may change when the January transfer window arrives.
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