Barcelona have been hit with a blow ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Porto, as Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been “practically ruled out” of the game.
Ter Stegen was absent from training on Monday once again and is not expected to be fit to play in the crunch Champions League match, according to RAC1.
The Germany international has been struggling with a back injury that forced him out of his nation’s friendlies over the international break.
Ter Stegen was then ruled out of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano, with Inaki Pena taking his place between the sticks.
There had been hope he could be back in time to take on Porto, with the goalkeeper writing on X he hoped to be back soon, but it seems like Barca must cope without him yet again.
Ter Stegen’s absence will be a big blow to Xavi’s side who have been struggling for form in La Liga and were beaten last time out in the Champions League by Shakhtar.