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Football: Puyol to leave Barcelona at end of season

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol announced on Tuesday that he will leave the club at the end of the season after a hugely successful 15-year career at the Camp Nou. The 35-year-old, who did not reveal whether he will continue playing elsewhere, has been plagued by injuries over the last couple of seasons and has undergone three knee operations. "At the end of the season I will leave FC Barcelona. The club are aware of this and we are in agreement," he said. "We will rescind the final two years of my contract that were still to run."

Puyol to leave Barcelona

Sant Joan Despi, Spain, Mar 4 (EFE).- Veteran defender and long-time team captain Carles Puyol announced Tuesday that he will leave FC Barcelona at the end of this season. The 35-year-old Puyol, who has never played for any other club, told reporters at Barça's training facility that he needs a period of rest after a succession of injuries and "aggressive" surgeries. "The reason for today's press conference is to tell you that at the end of the current season I will cease to be an FC Barcelona player," he said, flanked by several teammates.

Football: Puyol to leave Barcelona at end of season

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol, 35, announced on Tuesday that he will leave the club at the end of the season after a decorated 15-year career at the Camp Nou. Puyol, who did not reveal whether he will continue playing elsewhere, has been plagued by injuries over the last couple of seasons and has undergone three knee operations. "At the end of the season I will leave FC Barcelona. The club are aware of this and we are in agreement," he said. "We will rescind the final two years of my contract that were still to run."

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.

Football: Injury-plagued Puyol rules out retirement

Barcelona's talismanic defender Carles Puyol, who has been plagued by a spate of injury problems, said Wednesday he has no intention of retiring and was instead hoping to extend his contract with the Spanish champions. The 35-year-old Spanish international has not played since he underwent a serious operation on his right knee in March. He had another operation on the same knee in May to remove a Baker's cyst, also known as a popliteal cyst - a benign swelling that occurs behind the knee joint - prompting speculation that he could put an end to his football career.

Football: Puyol to undergo another knee surgery

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is to undergo knee surgery to remove a cyst, the club confirmed on Tuesday. "Carles Puyol will on Wednesday morning undergo a surgical intervention to remove a Baker's cyst that he has in his right knee," said a statement on the club's website. A Baker's cyst, also known as a popliteal cyst, is a benign swelling that occurs behind the knee joint.

Football: Puyol considering retirement after knee op

Barcelona's talismanic defender Carles Puyol said on Friday he is considering retirement after a glittering career, but added he has never entertained the thought of playing for another club. After a career in which he has won everything in both domestic and international football, Puyol has run into a spate of injury problems and at 35-years-old may decide to bring down the curtain on a glittering career.

Puyol in race to return after knee operation

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has his heart set on a return to action before the end of the season, club doctors said on Saturday after the defender suffered another injury setback. The 34-year-old Spanish international had arthroscopic surgery on the cartilage in his right knee on Friday and the surgeons Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna refused to name a date for his possible return.

Football: Puyol undergoes more knee surgery

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol underwent more knee surgery on Friday which is likely to rule him out of the Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain. "Carles Puyol underwent an arthroscopy on Thursday evening in order to clean up his right knee," said a club statement. "Puyol's return will be determined by the progress of his recovery." Puyol had already been overlooked for Spain's World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France later this month. The Champions League games take place on April 2 and 10. dj
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