Puyol out for 2-3 months after knee surgery

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol will need between two to three
months to recover from knee surgery performed on Wednesday.

Puyol played the final minutes of Saturday’s Champions League
final win over Manchester United, one of only three appearances
since Jan. 22 due to a troublesome left knee, which he hopes the
arthroscopic surgery will resolve.

The 33-year-old defender was ruled out of Spain’s upcoming
friendlies against the United States and Venezuela due to the
injury. Barcelona will hope to have Puyol fit for the two-legged
Spanish Supercup series against Real Madrid on Aug. 14 and 17.

The Catalan club begins its chase for a fourth straight league
trophy on Aug. 21.