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Carles Puyol Injury: Updates on Barcelona Star's Arm

GETAFE, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15:  Carles Puyol of FC Barcelona leaves the pitch during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and FC Barcelona at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on September 15, 2012 in Getafe, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 2, 2012

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol severely injured his arm against Benfica in Champions League play on Tuesday, according to Fox Soccer.

Fox Soccer tweeted:

Elsewhere, we have what appears to be a very serious injury to Carles Puyol. Barcelona still have a 2-0 advantage in that one. #UCLonFOX

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 2, 2012

 

UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 16 at 10:57 a.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Good news for Barelona fans: Puyol is slated to return to the lineup just six weeks after a horrific arm injury, according to Franco Panizo of SoccerByIves.net:

Puyol has been given the green light to play in Barcelona’s weekend match against Real Zaragoza, and the match may mark the first time this campaign that manager Tito Vilanova will be able to deploy his first-choice back line.

The veteran defender will give even more of a boost to Barcelona, which already leads La Liga by three points over Atletico Madrid (h/t FOX Sports).

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:40 a.m. ET

Barca announced on Twitter that tests on Puyol have revealed a dislocated left elbow that will likely sideline the defender for around eight weeks.

Tests conducted this morning confirmed that Carles Puyol has a dislocated left elbow. The player will be submitted a conservative treatment.

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 3, 2012

 

Puyol eight weeks off from the pitch. #animspuyi

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 3, 2012

It's a major loss for Barcelona. The 34-year-old veteran has been a rock along the team's back line for more than a decade, and has still been playing at a very high level. Luckily, Barca is one of the deepest teams in the world, giving them at least a chance to replace him without a major drop off.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6:15 p.m. ET

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova reportedly said on Tuesday that he doesn't think Puyol will be ready for the Oct. 7 La Liga clash against reigning champion Real Madrid, according to Liga BBVA.

Liga BBVA tweeted on Tuesday:

#BAR Tito Vilanova: "I don´t think Puyol is for the derby against Real Madrid"

— Liga BBVA English (@LigaBBVA_ENG) October 2, 2012

 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 5:56 p.m. ET

According to Liga BBVA, Puyol suffered a dislocated elbow against Benfica.

Liga BBVA tweeted on Tuesday:

#BARPuyol sustains a dislocated elbow

— Liga BBVA English (@LigaBBVA_ENG) October 2, 2012

 

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Puyol, who was key to Spain's wins at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, has been with Barcelona since 1999. His ability to play both left-back and right-back was critical for Barca when Dani Alves went down due to injury in the 2008-2009 La Liga campaign.

At 34 years of age, Puyol still displays tremendous strength and stamina, as well as the instincts and leadership that make for great defenders.

He can occasionally be beat by quicker players, but overall he's still considered a top-notch player and his absence will surely be missed by Barca moving forward.

Barca currently leads La Liga with 18 points (6-0), with Atletico and Malaga trailing the club.

Saddled with players such as Lionel Messi, David Villa and Cesc Fabregas, it's no wonder Barcelona has had so much success. The club won three straight La Liga titles before Real Madrid captured the league last season.

It's going to be interesting if Barca can stay on top of La Liga with Puyol likely out for a while. The club has allowed just five goals in six league matches so far this season, tied for third-fewest, but has a good offense in Real Madrid coming up on Oct. 7 at Camp Nou.

The last thing Barca wants is to give up the league to Real Madrid again, or anyone else for that matter. Puyol has undoubtedly been a strong part of the defense throughout the years.

 

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