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Barcelona says new goalie Ter Stegen fit to play, Messi trains as he nurses hurt muscle

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BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been cleared to make his debut for the club after recovering from a back injury.

Ter Stegen, who arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach in the offseason, has yet to play an official match for the Catalan side after suffering the injuring his back in training last month.

Barcelona added that Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta have trained away from the first team, with the pair nursing leg injuries.

Messi hurt a right leg muscle during Sunday's 1-0 win at Villarreal while Iniesta missed the win citing pain in his left knee.

Neither star will play with their respective national teams this week.

The club adds that back-up goalie Jordi Masip has fractured a finger and will be sidelined for four weeks.

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