Barcelona’s Ter Stegen Undergoes Successful Surgery, Return Date Still Unknown

Barcelona’s Ter Stegen Undergoes Successful Surgery, Return Date Still Unknown

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at December 8, 2023 at 6:03 PM
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  • Marc-Andre ter Stegen has undergone a successful back surgery
  • The Barcelona goalkeeper picked up the injury while on international duty
  • Ter Stegen has missed Barcelona’s last three games due to his back injury

These are tough times for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper has successfully undergone back surgery after suffering a herniated disc while on international duty with Germany last month.

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Barcelona, La Liga, Spain, Germany
Marc-Andre ter Stegen could be ruled out for up to four months after undergoing back surgery in France. Photo by NurPhoto
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According to Tribal Football, Ter Stegen has missed Barcelona’s last three games because of the problem and decided to opt for surgery to cure the reoccurring back issues.

Barcelona, in a club statement, announced that their German goalkeeper had undergone a successful surgery after it was revealed that Ter Stegen had flown to Bordeaux, France, for the back operation.

The Catalan club did not, however, release how long the 31-year-old goalie will be out for or his recovery plan, although he is expected to miss several weeks of action due to the surgery.

Inaki Pena will continue to deputise in his absence and will be between the sticks again on Sunday at Montjuic when Barcelona take on Girona in La Liga.

Ter Stegen set for months out

Meanwhile, Barcelona could be without first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen for up to four months after the goalkeeper underwent back surgery in France, Football Espana reports.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper is understandably taking the situation cautiously as he hopes to have fully recovered before Euro 2024, where he hopes to play a significant part for host Germany.

Ter Stegen has become an influential figure in the Barcelona team and captained the Catalan club to their first La Liga title last season since the exit of eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.

La Liga players condole with Ter Stegen

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak have penned their wishes to Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen after it was disclosed he was to have surgery.

The football community in Spain has rallied around Ter Stegen, with even rival La Liga players expressing their support through heartfelt messages for the 31-year-old goalkeeper.

Ter Stegen is anticipated to be sidelined until at least the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg ties in February 2024.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..