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The versatile centre-half was forced to go under the knife on Saturday and will be out of action for six weeks, meaning he will not feature in his country's title defence

The doctor overseeing Carles Puyol's recovery from knee surgery has revealed that while the Spain international has no chance of being fit for Euro 2012, he will be able to continue playing "for years".

Puyol went under the knife on Saturday and will be out of action for approximately six weeks.

There had been suggestions that he might yet be able to feature in the Euros, but Dr. Ramon Cugat has quashed any hope of the player making a belated arrival in Poland and Ukraine, explaining that the defender's target is pre-season training.

"The goal is to recover well and get to camp in top condition," the medic is quoted as saying by El Periodico.

"He can not go to the Euros; that is common sense. But [Barca] will have Puyol for years."

Cugat was slightly more optimistic when it came to discussing David Villa's hopes of being included in Vicente Del Bosque's squad for the Euros, with the player apparently set to make his comeback from a broken leg in the Copa del Rey final later this month.

"The fracture is healed," he confirmed. "But it must now be put in shape for training and playing a game."2

As for Eric Abidal, who underwent a liver transplant last month, Cugat revealed that the France defender is on the long road to recovery.

"It has gone well," he enthused. "Slowly, but well. "We are pleased with how the process has gone."

Barcelona will meet Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final at the Vicente Calderon on May 25.

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