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Football: Puyol uncertain for Malaga match

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is doubtful for Sunday's Liga tie against Malaga at the Nou Camp as he struggles to shake off a bruised left leg, the Spanish champions announced on Thursday. "The exams carried out on Thursday confirmed bruising in the left leg," the Catalan club revealed in a statement. "The progress of Puyol will determine whether he will be available for the next match for Tata Martino's team". continued the statement.

Football: Puyol considering retirement - report

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is considering an end to his illustrious playing career due to on-going fitness problems, Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported on Sunday. The 35-year-old has been dogged by injury problems over the last couple of seasons and returned to action following two knee operations in October. However, he has only featured four times in the last three months and has been usurped by 22-year-old Marc Bartra in coach Gerardo Martino's pecking order.

Top court rules 'KIKO' currency option not unfair

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Yonhap) -- The nation's top court on Thursday ruled that a controversial currency derivative is not unfair, siding with local banks in a legal battle against companies who suffered losses when the local currency slid against the U.S. dollar years ago. The so-called Knock-in, Knock-out (KIKO) currency derivatives were sold by about a dozen local banks to a range of small and medium local exporters who used the products to hedge against volatile currency swings.

Barca lose Spain scorer Pedro to injury for 10 days

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona forward Pedro has damaged a calf muscle while away on international duty and will be out of action for 10 days, the La Liga leaders said in a statement on Wednesday. Pedro scored the winner for world champions Spain in a 1-0 victory over France in Paris on Tuesday which put them back on top of their group in qualifying for next year's World Cup finals.

Football: Alba a doubt for French clash, Xavi back training

Spain left-back Jordi Alba is struggling with a right hamstring problem which could affect his chances of playing in the world champions' crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier with France on Tuesday, but Xavi Hernandez is back in training. The 24-year-old Barcelona star Alba felt the problem nine minutes from time in Spain's surprise 1-1 home draw with Finland on Friday but had to stay on until the final whistle as coach Vicente Del Bosque had used all his substitutes.

Spain's Alba misses France trip with injury

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona defender Jordi Alba will miss Spain's trip to play France in a World Cup qualifier after picking up a hamstring injury, the world and European champions said on Saturday. The flying full back was struggling at the end of Friday's qualifier at home to Finland, when the visitors snatched a shock 1-1 draw, and he will drop out of the squad to return to Barcelona for further tests.

Football: Barca need to maintain aggression - Alba

Barcelona must try to maintain the level of performance that they showed in dismantling AC Milan 4-0 for the rest of the season, defender Jordi Alba said on Friday. Alba rounded off a wonderful evening for Barca with the fourth goal in stoppage time as they overcame a 2-0 first-leg deficit to eliminate the Italians and move onto the Champions League quarter-finals for a sixth consecutive season.
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