FC Barcelona confirmed
A decision has been made for Marc-André ter Stegen: As his club FC Barcelona announced, the 31-year-old goalkeeper will undergo an operation this week to get his back problems under control. After the intervention, the Catalans want to publish a new statement.
Due to injury, Ter Stegen was unable to play in goal in the last five competitive games, and the current German number one also missed the international matches against Turkey (2:3) and Austria (0:2). In his absence, Barcelona will rely on 24-year-old Spaniard Iñaki Peña. Loud “Sky“Reporter Florian Plettenberg plans to have Ter Stegen back in action for the next DFB appearances next March against France and the Netherlands.
The goalkeeper wrote on the X platform (formerly Twitter) that the decision was made after “intensive discussions with the club’s medical team and various supporting experts”. “The interruption obviously annoys me,” said ter Stegen. But it was “the right and safe decision to come back with the best conditions for my club and the national team,” he added.
Ter Stegen had been in goal for the national team in eight of nine international matches this year until his November loss. Due to his good performances in the DFB team and with the Spanish champions, he was considered the designated goalkeeper for the European Championships next summer in the absence of Manuel Neuer (37), who was now fit again after his broken leg.
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