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04-Nov-2020, 06:58 pm

Huge boost for Barcelona as Ter Stegen returns to squad after long injury lay-off

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Barcelona 2019-20

Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been named in Barcelona's squad to faceDynamo Kievafter making a full recovery from a serious knee injury.

Brazilian shot-stopperNeto has filled in for the Germany international over the past two months, with Dutch head coach Ronald Koeman currently ushering in a new era at Camp Nou.

Barca have endured a shaky start to the season in Ter Stegen's absence, slipping to 12th in the Liga standings after winning just two of their opening six fixtures.

Koeman's men have saved their best performances for the Champions League, claimingcomfortable victories over Ferencvaros and Juventus to storm to the top of Group G.

The Blaugrana will be aiming to extend their 100 per centrecord when Dynamo Kiev arrive at Camp Nou on Wednesday night, and will be boosted by the return of their No.1 keeper.

Ter Stegen has been included in Koeman's final 21-man squad for the contest, but it is not yet clear whether or not he will be handed his first start since Barca's humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in last season's quarter-finals.

The 28-year-old's future in Catalonia had been the subject of much speculation over the summer, as talks over a contract extension seemingly hit a brick wall due to his lofty wage demands.

Barca were, however, eventually able to reach an agreement with the German, who signed a renewal on October 20 which will see him remain at Camp Nou through to 2025.

Ter Stegen's new deal also included a€500 million (£457m/$591m) buy-out clause, which effectively dismissedrumours of a potential move away from the club amid reported interest from the likes of Inter, Manchester United and Chelsea.

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