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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Barcelona Goalkeeper ter Stegen Ruled Out of Copa del Rey Final

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Ahmed Ahmed

Thu, 23 May 2019 12:08 GMT

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will miss the Copa del Rey final against Valencia on Saturday 25th May. The German goalkeeper has been struggling with a knee injury recently and has missed the club’s last three La Liga games.

AFP reported that the Catalan club said in a statement on their official website that the 27-year-old "still has discomfort in his right knee and will continue receiving treatment during the coming weeks.”  

He is likely to be replaced by Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen who has been playing in ter Stegen’s absence recently. Barca retained their La Liga title this season after an impressive campaign which saw them finish 11 points ahead of second placed Atletico Madrid.  

Ter Stegen has played a major part in the club’s success this season, playing in 35 of their 38 league games. He has been considered a stalwart in the team and has been highly rated by the fans since signing from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014. He has won the Copa del Rey every year since joining the club.  

Barca would seal the double for their second consecutive season if they win on Saturday. They could also make history by becoming the first team to win five Copa del Rey titles in a row. 

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