Puyol to miss Spain’s Euro qualifier

The Spanish football federation says Spain defender Carles Puyol

will miss the World Cup champion’s opening Euro 2012 qualifying

match due to injury.

The Barcelona centerback will not feature in Friday’s Group I

match against Liechtenstein or a friendly against Argentina four

days later due to the left leg injury.

Osasuna defender Ignacio Monreal replaces Puyol, who also missed

Barcelona’s league win over Racing Santander on Sunday to


Puyol has made 90 appearances for Spain and helped it to the

European championship two years ago.