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Ter Stegen will get tested to see whether he is ready for El Clásico

Javier Giorgetti

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After an operation on August 18 on his knee that has kept him off the pitch for multiple weeks, Marc-André ter Stegen could be close to his return. Ter Stegen will get tested to see whether he is ready for the duel against Real Madrid on October 24.

On October 18, two months will be completed since the German’s injury, and in theory, he would be 100% healthy at the end of the current month. His recovery time was predicted as 2 and a half months.

However, the evolution of the German goalkeeper’s knee is going quite well and the club’s doctors know that it is a matter of weeks for Marc-André to receive the medical green-light. If all goes well, he could be ready ahead of time.

We all miss the German Wall in the upcoming La Liga games, but it would be very risky to force the player to play before the Clasico. The good news is that Neto Murara is in great form and the club is trusting him for the next high-caliber games. As long as Neto continues to do things well, there is no need to risk Ter Stegen either.

Source: Alfredo Martínez

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Barça midfielder Aleña speaks following his first start in nearly a year

Alexandre Patanian

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Carles Aleña started his first game for Barça in nearly a year. His last start for his boyhood club came in December 2019 against Inter Milan, and Ronald Koeman selected him against Dynamo Kyiv after injuries decimated his squad. After his impressive display, Aleña spoke to the media.

“I’m very happy to return to the field. We played a great game and we took advantage of our chances.”

Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference

Aleña ended his ordeal with a near-Man of the Match performance away to the Ukrainians. The Spanish youngster was his team’s metronome and misplaced one solitary pass. His pass map is a joy to behold and the midfielder deserves a lot of recognition for that display.

At the beginning of the year, Ronald Koeman did not fancy Aleña at all. He and Riqui Puig were ostracised, but the two of them showed a lot of resilience against Kyiv. Hopefully, their coach opens his eyes.

“Playing with the first team requires a lot of hard work.”

Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference

We will have to wait and see whether Koeman is on the same page with the fans regarding Aleña’s performance. One thing is clear: the 22-year-old can play a crucial role in the team if used correctly.

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