Puyol set for spell on sidelines
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Barcelona defender Carles Puyol could be out for up to three months after undergoing knee surgery, the team doctor has revealed.

The 34-year-old underwent an arthroscopy on his right knee last night to repair damaged cartilage. Doctor Ramon Cugat told Barcelona's official website: "He (Puyol) will decide the timing of his return. It could be a month and a half, two or three months."

Puyol underwent similar surgery last summer and missed Spain's successful UEFA EURO 2012 campaign, but Cugat revealed yesterday's operation was not as complicated. He said he was "optimistic" Puyol would be able to continue with his career after recovering. The surgery means Puyol will definitely miss next month's UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain.