Thursday, October 19, 2006

Puyol will play against Madrid despite injury

These are good news for Barcelona. Their captain Carles Puyol will play in this weekend's league match against Real Madrid despite a back injury.

Indeed, Puyol trained apart from his teammates on Thursday, three days before the derby against Barcelona's biggest rival, Real Madrid, at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

The footballer came off in the 74th minute of Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"It's just that in the first half I received a blow in my back and then my right leg started hurting," Puyol told a local newspaper.

It's important to know that after six Spanish league games, Barcelona leads with 16 points, five more than fifth-place Real Madrid.

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