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Barcelona defender Carles Puyol plays 1st game in 7 months after recovering from knee surgery
PAMPLONA, Spain - Barcelona defender Carles Puyol made his first appearance in seven months following knee surgery in a 0-0 draw at Osasuna on Saturday.
The 35-year-old Spain international was included in Barcelona's starting lineup after being cleared by team doctors this week.
Puyol's last appearance came on March 12 of last season. He has missed 27 matches for the Spanish champions since.
He played the full 90 minutes alongside youngster Marc Bartra in the centre of the defence. It was the first time the two had played together.
Puyol, Barcelona's captain, said he felt good after the match.
"I have been training for a number of days with the team," he said. "Each day I feel better. (These last months) have been hard. But that's over. Now the good part comes.
"We have to fight for all our goals this season and we need all of us available to do so."
On Tuesday, Barcelona visits AC Milan in the Champions League before hosting Real Madrid in the season's first clasico next weekend.
Puyol will now be hoping to recover his spot on Spain's national team for the 2014 World Cup.
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