Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen ruled OUT of Euro 2020 as Barcelona star reveals he will have knee surgery this month… leaving Manuel Neuer free to cement No 1 spot
Germany will be without goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen for this summer’s Euros after the Barcelona man announced he will undergo surgery on a knee injury.
The shot-stopper played in Barca’s 2-1 defeat by Celta Vigo on Sunday, which ended their chances of winning LaLiga, but he will now miss the remainder of the campaign.
Ter Stegen, who has 25 caps for his country, has primarily been Germany’s No 2 with Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer the first choice and captain for manager Joachim Low.
Germany will be without goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen for this summer’s Euros
Writing on Instagram, the goalkeeper said: ‘I’m disappointed about yesterday’s defeat and that now we can no longer win La Liga.
‘After a complicated start to the season, we showed good character going 19 matches unbeaten – but we weren’t able to keep this form.
‘I have decided together with the medical team of the club that I will do a complementary intervention on my knee. I’m sad that I will miss the EURO 2020 this summer with Germany.
‘For the first time in many years I will be a fan at home supporting my country, I hope we win it!
The Barcelona shot-stopper announced he will undergo surgery on a knee injury
Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer is Germany’s No 1 keeper and is also Joachim Low’s captain
‘After the summer break, when we are back on the pitch I hope to be able to play with fans once again, I miss it!
‘Thank you for your support throughout a difficult season and stay healthy!’
Aresenal’s Bern Leno will now likely move up from third choice to be Neuer’s back-up with another goalkeeper spot up for grabs in Low’s 26-man squad.
Kevin Trapp went to the 2018 World Cup as the third goalkeeper option while Oliver Baumann was part of the UEFA Nations League squad in September 2020.