Knee operation for Barcelona captain Carles Puyol

Barca's first game without Puyol is this Sunday's home match against Rayo Vallecano in the Camp Nou Stadium.

updated: March 16, 2013 17:39 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona captain Carles Puyol underwent an exploratory knee operation on Friday.

The 34-year-old Puyol has suffered knee problems for over a year and missed last summer's European Championships, which were won by Spain.

He was not included in the Spain squad named by coach, Vicente del Bosque this Friday for the World Cup qualifying matches to be played against Finland and France slated for March 22 and 26.

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