An update on Carles Puyol from operating doctor Ricard Pruna gave a message of positivity rather than dread. Puyol’s operation was completed Wednesday morning in 35 minutes and baring unforeseen complications, the captain will be back at home in the afternoon. More details after the jump.
Club captain Carles Puyol will be in the operating room again on Wednesday morning. Doctor Ricard Pruna will be going into the player’s right knee to remove a “Baker’s cyst”. Puyol will be sidelined for three to four weeks.
A press conference will be held at noon tomorrow during which Doctor Pruna will discuss all aspects of the procedure.
FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi left the pitch owing to a right leg injury during Sunday’s match against Atlético Madrid. The Argentine forward exited the match in the 67th minute upon noticing his muscle problem and after all three substitutions had already been made. The player will undergo further medical tests Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Speaking at a press conference after the match, coach Tito Vilanova explained, “he [Messi] felt well but, as is often the case with muscular injuries, the discomfort returned suddenly.”
This Thursday morning, Lionel Messi has been subjected to various medical tests to see if he suffered a recurrence of the injury to the hamstring in his right leg after participating in Wednesday’s match. The tests confirmed that the injury has not worsened or changed. The player will continue with his established recovery routine and his progress will determine his availability for the next matches.
FC Barcelona’s Medical Services have confirmed that during Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, Javier Mascherano tore the medial collateral ligament (MCL) of his right knee. The player picked up the injury in the second half, when he collided with Jordi Alba, who fell on top of the Argentine’s leg. Mascherano will be out of action for six weeks. If the player makes a timely recovery, he’ll be back in action before the season comes to a close. Despite the injury, the defender would have missed the return leg of the Champions League quarter final anyway, as he’s suspended.
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FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández has a strain in the hamstring muscle of his right leg, according to the Club’s Medical Services. The medical team in its statement didn’t note a specific amount of recovery time for Xavi. Instead, the progress of his recovery “will determine his availability for the next match[es].”
As announced on FC Barcelona’s official site, Xavi Hernández will miss Sunday’s league game against Rayo Vallecano owing to problems with his right thigh.
Xavi Hernández has been passed fit to play in tonight’s big game against Milan by FC Barcelona’s medical team following Tuesday’s training session on the Camp Nou pitch. Xavi had already been named in the 19 man squad for the match, but was finally given the medical all clear to play just today.
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FC Barcelona today stated on the club website that left back Alejandro Grimaldo, who suffered a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament and the lateral collateral ligament in the right knee, has successfully undergone surgery on Friday.
On Monday, David Villa was hospitalized owing to a kidney stone. The forward underwent the appropriate treatment and the stone was removed, leading to his release from the Hospital de Barcelona this Tuesday. Villa will participate in Wednesday’s training session and his progress will determine his availability for the the next match against Granada.
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FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernández (33) has suffered a hamstring tear, according to an official statement from FC Barcelona. Xavi is expected to be out for 15 days, which would have him miss the Spain-Uruguay friendly in Qatar and Liga matches against Getafe and Granada.
Tests carried out on Wednesday evening have confirmed that player Leo Messi has a contusion (bruising) on the outside of his left knee. The progress of the injury will determine the forward’s availability for the next match, according to the Club’s Medical Services. The blaugrana play again on Sunday against Real Betis in matchday 15 of La Liga.
The Argentine left the pitch on a stretcher in the 84th minute of Wednesday’s match against Benfica, after a collision with rival goalkeeper Artur. Messi had come on in the 58th minute, replacing Rafinha.
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Seventeen minutes into the match against Real Madrid, Dani Alves exited the pitch with a muscular injury in his left thigh. Martín Montoya took the Brazilian’s place on the field.
The Club’s Medical Services carried out further tests and have determined that the player has a grade 1 muscular injury to the hamstring of his left thigh. He is expected to be out for three weeks. After today’s match, Alves was called up to the Brazil national team for two friendlies against Iraq and Japan set for October 11 and 16. He will now miss those two matches.
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FC Barcelona officially confirmed that Carles Puyol (34) is expected to be sidelined for about 8 weeks as a result of his dislocated left elbow suffered Tuesday night in Lisbon when playing against SL Benfica. His treatment has been described as “conservative”, meaning that it is not surgical and a matter of rest and then rehabilitation. Of course there is a large sense of disappointment with the timing of the injury, but that is just part of the life of a football player. Either way, like our brave captain said over Twitter, “I’ll soon be back to my best again!”.
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FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol (34), injured in the 76th minute of the Champions League match against SL Benfica, has dislocated his left elbow. After being stretchered off the pitch, the defender was taken to the Lusíadas de Lisboa hospital for further tests. He was given anesthesia, and his elbow was immobilized.
Team doctor Ricard Pruna and surgeon Ramon Cugat today spoke in a press conference discussing the medical situations of FC Barcelona players David Villa, Andreu Fontàs, Thiago Alcántara, and Isaac Cuenca. Let’s start with El Guaje, who was given the green light medically today. Well, kind of. Villa has been described as medically clear to train normally with his teammates, but they stress he is some distance from the physical fitness required to compete on the pitch at the highest level.
On Tuesday morning, defender Marc Muniesa (20) will have an operation to treat the torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. The surgery will be performed by doctors Ramon Cugat and Ricard Pruna. Afterwards, around 16:00, the two doctors will hold a press conference in the Ricard Maxenchs Press Room.
Today marks the end of the summer holidays for Valdés, Piqué, Cesc, Pedro, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta, and Xavi. This Monday morning, the Champions of the Eurocup with the Spain national team in Poland and Ukraine have had their first medical examinations of the season at the Ciutat Esportiva. These are the same tests that the rest of the available players had two weeks ago. The only exception then was Carles Puyol, who began training last week but passed his medical tests today along with the seven European Champions.
Tests carried out on Wednesday morning on Marc Muniesa have confirmed that the player has torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. His time out of action will be approximately six months, according to a statement provided by the Medical Services of the Club. The exact date of Muniesa’s surgery will be decided in the next few days.