Ter Stegen Injury Raises Surgery Concerns: FC Barcelona on Alert

FC Shakhtar Donetsk v FC Barcelona: Group H - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
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The FC Barcelona faithful find themselves on edge as goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen's injury concerns take a worrying turn, potentially leading to surgery.

In a post-match press conference, coach Xavi Hernández alluded to the German shot-stopper's predicament, stating, "Marc has discomfort in his back, and this week, we'll assess the situation. Anything we need to announce, we'll do it. He's dealing with these discomforts that aren't clearing up, and we'll see."

This statement from the coach left the possibility open for Ter Stegen to face an extended period on the sidelines or, without explicitly stating, the likelihood of a surgical intervention, as confirmed by Mundo Deportivo. Further updates on the goalkeeper's physical condition are expected to be revealed this Monday.

Ter Stegen had previously withdrawn from the German national team during the recent international break due to a lumbar issue, which underwent conservative treatment. However, his absence extended to three games for Barcelona against Rayo Vallecano, Porto, and Atlético Madrid.

The prospect of surgery looms over Ter Stegen's situation, raising concerns among the Barcelona faithful about the keeper's prolonged absence and the potential impact on the team's performance. The upcoming updates will shed more light on the severity of the injury and the course of action to ensure the goalkeeper's full recovery.