Barcelona defender Carles Puyol
has been given the all-clear following an operation on his right
knee in May, the La Liga club said on Monday.
The 34-year-old Spain international had arthroscopic surgery
and was ruled out for the final weeks of last season, meaning he
missed his nation's triumphant Euro 2012 campaign in Poland and
The news on club captain Puyol coincided with the return to
pre-season training of Barca's Spanish internationals Victor
Valdes, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, Sergio Busquets,
Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
The seven passed medicals along with Puyol on Monday and
will train with the rest of the squad later, Barca said on their
Barca play pre-season friendlies against Paris St Germain,
Manchester United and Dinamo Bucharest before hosting Real
Sociedad in their opening La Liga match on the weekend of August
New signing Jordi Alba, the Spain left-back who sealed a
move from Valencia in June, is still in Britain with the Olympic
team, whose medal hopes were ended on Sunday when they suffered
a shock 1-0 loss to Honduras.
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