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Puyol upbeat: “It’s just like taking your car in for a service”

FC Barcelona captain is full of optimism and courage ahead of his knee operation. Carles Puyol regrets missing the Spanish Cup Final and most probably the European Championships, but is just focussed on getting back to 100% fitness.

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09 May 2012 09:55 PM

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Jordi Clos

Barcelona (FCB).- The day after the announcement of his knee operation and the fact that he could be out for up to six weeks, Barça Captain Carles Puyol gave an upbeat press conference this Wednesday. He assured the assembled media: \u201Cit\u2019s just like taking your car in for a service. I was more worried about it last year, but this year I\u2019m more optimistic \u2013 soon I\u2019ll be back to full fitness\u201D.


Last year\u2019s similar injury has given Puyol more confidence and hope ahead of this year\u2019s operation and he explained: \u201CI didn\u2019t know then what the injury was, but it\u2019s clear now and the doctors have recommended I give my knee a good clean out. If I carried on playing, I\u2019d put my team and my knee at risk\u201D.

Out of European Championships

The injury means Carles Puyol will miss the end of Barça\u2019s season. The Catalan player commented: \u201Cit\u2019s a bad time for it to happen and I\u2019m annoyed about that. The Cup Final is the best game of the season for me, it\u2019s incredible. I\u2019ll still try and help my teammates all I can from the sidelines and try and enjoy the match\u201D.

Puyol will most likely miss Spain\u2019s European Championship too and he admitted: \u201Cit looks like I won\u2019t make it, we\u2019ll see how the operation goes, but I think it will be impossible  - I need recovery time too. I was very excited about getting my 100th cap and going to the European Championships, but now I am just focussed on my operation and getting back to full fitness as soon as I can. I\u2019m sure it\u2019ll turn out okay\u201D. Puyol also reckons that for as big a tournament as this summer\u2019s: \u201Cthe fairest thing is that the best players go\u201D.

\u201CI want to retire on the pitch, not in surgery\u201D

Puyol, who is 34, doesn\u2019t see the operation as putting an end to his international career though and insisted: \u201Cif there\u2019s one thing I am clear about, it\u2019s that I want to retire on the pitch, not in surgery. I\u2019ll see how I am next season and take a final decision then\u201D.

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  • Barça Captain, Carles Puyol, at this Wednesday's press conference (by FC Barcelona)

  • Barça Captain, Carles Puyol, at this Wednesday's press conference (by FC Barcelona)