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Marc-Andre ter Stegen misses Barcelona training ahead of Rayo clash

The goalkeeper is a doubt with a back problem

FC Shakhtar Donetsk v FC Barcelona: Group H - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Mateusz Slodkowski/Getty Images

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has reportedly emerged as a doubt for Saturday’s clash with Rayo Vallecano.

Ter Stegen pulled out of international duty with a back injury, but it had been reported he would be fit for the weekend.

Mundo Deportivo are now saying that Ter Stegen did not train on Tuesday and could sit out Barcelona’s next game.

Barca don’t want to run any risks with their goalkeeper but will wait until Thursday to make a final decision on his involvement.

It would still be something of a surprise if Ter Stegen didn’t play, but if he is sidelined for the game then Inaki Pena will have a rare chance to impress in the first team.

Pena was linked with a move away earlier this year but opted to stay and signed a new contract that runs until 2026.

The stopper hasn’t made a single appearance yet this season and will likely only see game time in the Copa del Rey unless Ter Stegen is sidelined with injury.

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