Updates from Thursday, May 15
Puyol said on Thursday, as tweeted by ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:
Puyol: “Im not going to play [on Saturday]. Ive spoken with the coaches. We are fighting for the title, I am not 100%, not even for bench.”— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) May 15, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 2
Carles Puyol remains sidelined for Barcelona ahead of their La Liga clash with Getafe.
The club's official website confirmed:
Tata Martino will not be calling on the services of Isaac Cuenca, who yesterday was declared match-fit, or Carles Puyol for the league game against Getafe. The captain still has niggles in his right knee. Cuenca is out because the Barça manager has decided he's not yet ready.
Barcelona defender Carles Puyol was unable to overcome a knee injury in time to make the club's squad for a key clash with Athletic Bilbao. No timetable was given for his return.
Barca made the announcement on their official site one day before facing off with the Lions:
The Medical Services announced on Thursday that Puyol is having trouble with his right knee, so he joins Valdés, Piqué, Alba, Neymar, Dos Santos and Cuenca on the side-lines, while. Bartra, another doubt, finally gets the nod.
The 36-year-old central defender has dealt with numerous injury issues in recent years and has only made five league appearances for the club this season. He's still performed at a very high level when healthy, but doing so has become a struggle.
So much so that Puyol announced he wouldn't be returning to Barcelona next season. He made the decision back in March, stating that all of the different ailments he's been forced to overcome have made it tough to find and maintain top form, via BBC:
After the last two operations it has been difficult for me to recover the level I need to be able to continue here, more than I expected. That is why I have taken this decision.
There are three months of the season left and I won't be giving up.
Although it doesn't sound like a serious injury, there are only four more matches and less than a month left in the campaign for Barca following the Athletic clash. Exactly how much playing time he'll be ready to handle over that stretch is unclear.
Puyol has spent his entire career with Barcelona. He's won six La Liga titles, three Champions League titles and numerous individual honors. Replacing his play, consistency and versatility at the back won't be easy.
More updates will be provided on his status for the remaining matches as they become available.