Carles Puyol Injury: Why Barca Star's Absence Won't Hurt Blaugrana

Zachary ArthurCorrespondent IIOctober 4, 2012

Puyol has been great, but another player could step in and be even better
Puyol has been great, but another player could step in and be even betterDavid Ramos/Getty Images

Carles Puyol is injuried yet again, but don't expect it to hurt Barcelona's team too much.

Barca is at the top of the La Liga standings at 6-0, but many fear that Puyol's injury will likely be a setback for the squad.

Simon Harrison from reported on the injury:

"Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has suffered a dislocated elbow after falling awkwardly as his side ran out as 2-0 winners against Benfica in the Champions League, the club have confirmed.

Having started the match, the Spaniard was stretchered off in the 75th minute in some discomfort after sustaining what looked to be a serious injury."

Losing a captain is never a good thing, but Barcelona doesn't have to look at it as the worst thing.

In fact, they should look at it as an opportunity for somebody to come in and make a name for themselves.

Injuries can give chances for players to come off the bench and prove that they belong. An opportunity at letting people know that they themselves are extremely skilled footballers.

Now, nobody is going to come off the bench for Barcelona and replace Puyol's hair. That is a task too big for anybody.

But somebody will come in and prove that their skills are good enough to not only compete, but to contribute.

That player could be Marc Bartra.

Xoel Cardenas, featured columnist for Bleacher Report, wants Barcelona's manager, Tito Vilanova, to give the youngster a chance:

"Tito Vilanova needs to wake up and finally give this kid a shot. I’m tired of this team focusing on offense when the defense has been the weakness for years now. Tito is, unfortunately, following the footsteps of Pep Guardiola (Barcelona's old manager) in not focusing on the defense and not giving the young Masia defenders a shot.

Give Marc Bartra the shot he’s already earned to get, Tito. Don’t be like Pep and not give the young CBs a shot. It’s time to change things."

Playing a young player could certainly lead to a few bumps in the road, but the rest of the ride might be fantastic.

The other good news about playing Bartra or another young player is that Barca's next three La Liga matches are against teams in the bottom half of the division.

Sounds like the perfect time for a new player to get used to a starting role.

Looking at somebody's injury as only a negative doesn't work. It does nothing but keep the team stuck in the past.

It's not easy to do, but let's look forward to what positives could come out of Puyol's unfortunate injury.