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.