Barcelona could be without one of their best players.
Barcelona finished second in La Liga and were knocked out in the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey. Their faint hopes of going the distance in the UEFA Champions League are still alive and kicking, but one player they must express gratitude to is Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Without the Germany international, things would have been haywire at the Camp Nou.
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However, El Desmarque has reported that the club risks being without the goalkeeper until 2021. Ter Stegen has been nursing an injury since the last few months that is causing him discomfort in the patellar tendon and his regular featuring across 11 fixtures in just over a month has aggravated the problem to a further extent.
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen will now need to undergo surgery in all likelihood which will most certainly rule him out of footballing action until the next three or four months, which one may expect to be until 2021. The former Borussia Monchengladbach shot-stopper will put himself through the knife once the Champions League campaign ends for Barca in August.
Ter Stegen may choose surgery despite alternate means.
With La Liga 2020/21 expected to get underway in the second week of September, Ter Stegen will end up missing at least one-third of the campaign which comes as a heavy blow for the Blaugrana who were heavily reliant on him. With that said, the alternative means that the club would have to play Neto as first-choice and rely on an inexperienced goalie.
Ter Stegen’s injury means that the club could land a player on loan for the short-term but with their stringent finances, it’s unlikely whether they can even do that. While the surgical procedure is optional and the injury can be slowed using other methods, the goalie could still face a long-term layoff as he wouldn’t want risks amid several international tournaments on the horizon.
How do you think Barca would cope-up without their mercurial goalie?