As long as Carles Puyol is patrolling the back, Barcelona can remain the club to beat in every major competition.
Puyol's elbow injury was one of the more gruesome of the season. It was particularly maddening as well considering he was just getting back from a knee ligament injury.
You have to give Puyol credit, though. His dislocated elbow was supposed to keep him out until sometime in December. Instead, he returned in mid-November
Getting injured has become a bit of a trend for the Spanish centre-back. He appeared in only a total of 40 La Liga matches between the 2009/10 and 10/11 seasons.
At 34 years old, Puyol's best days are behind him. You watch him and see that his talent is starting to erode with age.
However, he still remains an integral part of the Barca starting lineup and a very solid defender. With Puyol lined up in the back four, Barcelona will get back to winning trophies at the end of the year.