Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Injury: Updates on Barcelona Star's Back and Return

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2014

FC Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, from Germany, attends a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Friday, July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 17

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen's recovery from a back injury is complete after he was named in Barcelona's squad for their Champions League clash with APOEL FC.

Barca's official website listed the squad:

Ter Stegen, C. Bravo, Piqué, Rakitic, Xavi, A. Iniesta, Messi, Neymar, Rafinha, Bartra, Douglas, Sergi Roberto, Adriano, Dani Alves, Mathieu, Samper, Sandro & Munir.


Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is ready to officially begin his Barcelona career, after recovering from the back injury that delayed his start to the campaign.

Barca confirmed on Tuesday:


Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen performed some solo work on the training ground as he continued his recovery from a back injury on Tuesday.

Barca's official website provided the update:

The FC Barcelona senior squad were back in action today after taking a day off following the 3-0 defeat of Elche.  Manager Luis Enrique Martínez took charge of today’s session with a group of 23 players.

Ter Stegen, Neymar and Vermaelen made a welcome appearance on the training grounds but worked out separately from the main group.


Updates from Friday, Aug. 15

Fresh medical tests have revealed Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has suffered a fracture to his back, ruling him out of the opening weeks of the new La Liga season.

Barcelona's official website reports:

The first team goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, following persistent pain in his lower back caused by a blow received in training last Monday, August 11, has been subjected to new medical tests this morning which have revealed the existence of a small fracture  in the transverse apophysis of vertebra L3.

The Club's Medical Services reported that the player will be out for between two and three weeks. The player will carry out recovery work during this period.


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is currently working away from the rest of the Barcelona squad as he attempts to recover from his recent back injury.

Barca's official website provides the following update:

Xavi Hernández and Marc-André ter Stegen once again trained apart as they worked on their recoveries, whilst Thomas Vermaelen was treated by the physios and Adriano Correia joined in with the rest of the squad for part of the session.


Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12

Barcelona delivered a brief confirmation of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen's back injury on Tuesday, although no timeline is provided as to his expected recovery.

The club's official website reports:

After tests this morning at the Club, the FC Barcelona Medical Services have confirmed the back injury suffered in training on Monday by Marc-André ter Stegen. Ter Stegen will be given specific recovery work over the next few training sessions.


Original Text

Barcelona fans were given some disconcerting news on Monday as it was revealed new goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen suffered a back injury during training that required him to sit out the rest of the day's sessions.    

The club released a statement on their website, confirming the German suffered a lumbar contusion that will require further testing on Tuesday to reveal the extent of the injury:

New first team goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen suffered lumbar contusion during the second of Monday’s two training sessions. The club doctors will examine the extent of the back injury on Tuesday, which should shed more light on his availability for training.

The club are yet to release any details other than acknowledging the injury occurred, and fans will have to wait until Tuesday to find out whether Ter Stegen will be available for the club when the 2014-15 La Liga season kicks off.

Claudio Bravo and Jordi Masip are his primary backups, with the veteran Chilean the favourite to start should Ter Stegen not be ready in time. As shared by Betfred, his first match in the Blaugrana shirt was a bit of a letdown:

Ter Stegen will replace Victor Valdes as the first-choice stopper for Barcelona, and the young German is expected to establish himself as one of the world's best quickly.

While this early setback shouldn't jeopardise those plans, it's not the kind of start the 22-year-old will have hoped for.


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