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Barcelona handed Marc-Andre ter Stegen fitness boost

Another step closer

FC Barcelona Training Session Photo by Joan Valls/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images

Marc-Andre ter Stegen has stepped up his recovery from injury and is back training on the grass for Barcelona.

The goalkeeper has been out since undergoing back surgery in December but isn’t too far away from making a first-team comeback now.

Barcelona showed the Germany international in action on Friday ahead of the weekend’s La Liga clash with Villarreal.

It’s still not entirely clear when Ter Stegen will be available for selection again but Xavi likely won’t have to wait too long to call on his first choice stopper once again.

Inaki Pena has been deputising in his absence but will drop back down to the bench as soon as Ter Stegen is given the green light to return.

Ter Stegen is expected to be back in time for the Champions League clash against Napoli in February but it’s possible he could return well before then.

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