Euro 2012: Why Carles Puyol's Injury Will Not Affect Spain's Chances

Roberto Alvarez-GallosoChief Writer IMay 8, 2012

Carles Puyol
Carles PuyolDavid Ramos/Getty Images

According to an article by Simon Rice of The Independent, Carles Puyol (who is the defender for Spain and FC Barcelona) may not participate in Euro 2012. The reason is an injury to the knee which may require arthroscopic surgery around mid May.

He will also miss the Copa Del Rey final between Barca and Club Atletico Bilbao. Puyol did not feel well after FC Barcelona defeated Espanyol last weekend and tests concluded the need for the surgery.

Spain will face Italy on its maiden Euro 2012 match on June 8, 2012. The next match will be against the Republic of Ireland and Croatia.

Mr. Rice wrote that Spain's chances may be affected by Puyol being unable to participate in Euro 2012. There is no reason to think that Spain may be affected by Puyol's knee injury.

Vicente Del Bosque who is the Spanish National Football team manager has yet to announce the squad. Spain also has talented players who could fill in for Carles Puyol.

Del Bosque could choose defenders such as Martin Montoya, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, or Sergio Ramos for the Spanish squad since there are many. They, as well as other defenders, may be the key to another championship victory taking into account their accomplishments on the field.

It would be a mistake if Spain is underestimated in Euro 2012. Spain at the present time is living its golden age of football so let the Euro 2012 games begin.