Bad news for Barcelona. Marc-André ter Stegen is injured again.
The German goalkeeper pulled his hamstring during Friday's training session and is out of the La Liga match against Alavés on Saturday, the club announced. Barça's official report doesn't go into many details, but other reports from Mundo Deportivo and Diario Sport say it's only a minor straing, which means the German will not miss too much time.
However, given that the Champions League group stage opener is only three days away, Ter Stegen is doubtful to play against Celtic next Tuesday, but the keeper will work hard to be available for the European Cup game. New signing Jasper Cillessen is expected to start against Alavés and should be the favorite to play also against Celtic, and the Dutch keeper will have an early opportunity to show his talents.
This is the second injury suffered by Ter Stegen in the first month of the season, as the German missed two weeks with a knee injury. Hopefully this is the last injury he suffers all campaign, because he's supposed to be the undisputed starter after Claudio Bravo left and we cannot have an injury prone goalkeeper.
Please get better soon, MATS.