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Puyol looks like he might. There are many question marks over his fitness at the moment. I still believe he will fully recover from his surgery and be a rock in the Barcelona defense as always, but that might well be wishful thinking on my part (I hope not).
Carles Puyol will turn 34 this season, but he’s still Barcelona’s best defender when fully fit. Before retiring, at Barcelona as a legend like him deserves, he still has one last task to perform.
There are only two footballers in history who captained three different Champions League-winning squads: Franz Beckenbauer and Carles Puyol.
Before retiring, Puyol must still captain Barcelona to a fourth Champions League title, thus becoming the sole holder of this record. If he recovers from his surgery, he’ll surely be a very, very valuable asset to the club.
As for the club’s other veterans, Abidal and Xavi, who’ll both turn 32 this season, they don’t look like slowing down at all, especially Xavi. By watching Xavi play, you’d never think you were watching a 31-year-old.
Xavi’s fitness is maginificent; despite his age, he has been playing 50 games a season + internationals with no signs of fatigue, despite the fact that he often covers more distance than any other player on the pitch.
We’ll still see a lot of Xavi Hernandez in the coming years, as he cements his already legendary status.
Agreed. Puyol and Xavi will take a step back. Puyol will have a hard time coming back from this injury. The fact he hasn't even trained full speed the whole preseason is good testament to this being true.
Messi could be the other one to slow down a bit (only logical).
Villa could also be a possibility.
Everyone else should be fine, though.