Puyol to miss Barcelona's match at Real Sociedad

Updated: 30 April 2011 10:48 IST

Barcelona will be without defender Carles Puyol and midfielder Andres Iniesta for Saturday's Spanish league game at Real Sociedad.

Barcelona:

Barcelona will be without defender Carles Puyol and midfielder Andres Iniesta for Saturday's Spanish league game at Real Sociedad.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said on Friday that he will rest Puyol ahead of Tuesday's return leg of the team's Champions League semifinal clash with Real Madrid.

Puyol returned to play in his first full game since January in Barcelona's 2-0 win at Madrid in the first leg played earlier this week.

Iniesta joins striker Bojan Krkic and defenders Eric Abidal, Adriano and Maxwell on the sidelines.

Lionel Messi, who did not train with the team on Thursday after appearing to pick up a leg injury, is in the squad.

Barcelona tops the Spanish standings with second-place Madrid eight points behind.

Topics : Football Real Sociedad Barcelona
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