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Barcelona skipper Puyol to undergo op

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Champions League winner Barcelona says team captain Carles Puyol will undergo surgery on June 1 to treat a left knee injury that has troubled him over recent months.

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The club said Monday that Puyol would be operated on in the city's Quiron Clinic ''to resolve trouble he has been having in the left knee.''

Puyol, a key member of Spain's World Cup-winning squad, was unable to start in Barcelona's 3-1 Champions League final victory Saturday against Manchester United, but was brought on as a substitute in the final moments by coach Pep Guardiola.

He will miss Spain's upcoming friendlies against the United States and Venezuela.

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