FC Barcelona: Carles Puyol to Miss 6-8 Weeks After Dislocating Elbow (Video)

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Turn away now if you're not ready. We've got a grizzly injury for you in this Wednesday edition of the Set Piece Video of the Day.

The subject is FC Barcelona defender Carles Puyol. The setting is Barcelona's 2-0 victory over Benfica in Portugal on Tuesday night in a UEFA Champions League group stage game.

In the 76th minute of the match, Puyol blasted off the pitch in an attempt to meet a high pass in the Benfica box. He landed awkwardly—to say the least—and immediately started to grimace. After seeing the nastiness of Puyol's arm injury, the referee stopped the match and allowed Puyol to be substituted.

After the match, FC Barcelona announced Puyol's elbow had been dislocated, and on Wednesday morning the club said he would miss about eight weeks of action (via FCBarcelona.com). However, other sources, including BarcaBlaugranes.com and ESPN FC, are reporting that Puyol will miss only six weeks.

Either way, Puyol was photographed Wednesday carrying his dislocated elbow under his shirt, a decision that, combined with his curly hair created a radical Maradona-esque look.

Puyol, 34, had only recently returned from a knee injury, and now Barcelona will face a selection dilemma in central defense for Sunday's league match against rivals Real Madrid. For more, B/R's Will Tidey has the run-down for you right here.

Despite Puyol's injury, it wasn't all bad news for Barcelona on Tuesday. Lionel Messi set up both goals as Barca won for the second time in as many Champions League matches this season.

Under first-year manager Tito Vilanova, Barca now lead Group G with six points, four ahead of Celtic—the next opponent on Oct. 23. After Wednesday's news, it appears Barca will have to play that one without Puyol.

 

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