Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is still hoping to reach 100 appearances for Spain despite acknowledging he is almost certain to miss this summer’s European Championships due to a knee problem.
Barca announced this week that Puyol will undergo an arthroscopy on Saturday after feeling discomfort in his right knee following last weekend’s 4-0 defeat of Espanyol and that is set to sideline the centre-back for around six weeks.
That means the 34-year-old is definitely out of Barca’s final Primera Division game at Real Betis at the weekend as well as coach Pep Guardiola’s last game in charge — the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao on May 25. His participation at Euro 2012, where Spain will face Ireland in Group C is also in doubt.
However, he said he is not ready to quit the international scene just yet.
He said: “My plan right now is only to undergo the operation and recover as soon as possible. I’m sure that things are going to turn out well and very soon I will be back playing again.
“I don’t know if it was my last European Championship but I do know that I want to retire on the pitch and not on the operating table.
“I’m only thinking about returning to 100%. If then I can return to play with the national team I would love to reach that number [100 caps].”
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