Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has sent out a message after the club confirmed he’s set to undergo surgery on a back issue.
Ter Stegen has opted to go under the knife after missing Barca’s last three games and it’s thought he’ll miss around two months.
Here’s what he’s had to say about it:
“After intensive conversations with the medical team of the club and various supporting experts, we decided to undergo a surgical procedure,” he wrote on Instagram.
“The break obviously annoys me. It is the right and safe decision in order to come back in the best conditions for my Club Barcelona and the German national team.”
Barcelona had previously put out their own statement to confirm that Ter Stegen will go under the knife.
“First team player Marc ter Stegen will undergo a surgical procedure this week to address the lower back issues he is experiencing. Following the procedure, a new statement will be given.”
MEDICAL STATEMENT | First team player Marc ter Stegen will undergo a surgical procedure this week to address the lower back issues he is experiencing. Following the procedure, a new statement will be given. pic.twitter.com/MiN9mfZERS— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 5, 2023
The news means that we won’t see Ter Stegen in action again until 2024. Inaki Pena has been playing in his absence and will continue to desputise for the Germany international.
Ter Stegen has been an ever-present for Barcelona so far this season, although the Catalans have won two and drawn one in the three games he’s missed so far.
Get well soon, Marc-Andre ter Stegen!