Barca captain Puyol fit to face Real in Cup final

Reuters

Tue, 19 Apr 14:04:00 2011

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol did not train on Tuesday but tests confirmed he is fit to face Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final in Valencia (1930 GMT), the La Liga leaders said.

The Spain central defender had not played since Jan. 22 before Saturday's 1-1 La Liga draw at Real, when he was substituted as a precaution after feeling a twinge in a thigh muscle.

"In the end, it was confirmed that the (Barca) captain will be available for (coach) Josep Guardiola," the club said on their website (www.fcbarcelona.cat).

Wednesday's Cup final, the first time Barca and Real have met in the title match of the competition since 1990, is the second of four meetings between the arch rivals in three competitions in 18 days.

They are due to meet in the two-legged Champions League semi-final on April 27 at the Bernabeu in Madrid and May 3 at the Nou Camp in the Catalan capital.

Fullback Adriano, who complained of a muscle problem after the Real game, was also included in the squad for the trip to Valencia, Barca said.

 

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