Puyol ruled out of action for a month

February 1, 2008

MADRID, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Barcelona captain Carles Puyol will be out of action for up to four weeks with a torn leg muscle, the Primera Liga club said on Friday.

The Spain defender had to be substituted at halftime in Thursday's 1-0 home win over Villarreal in their King's Cup quarter-final second leg.

He was left out of Luis Aragones's Spain squad to play France next week, and will miss the Champions League first knockout round match away to Celtic on Feb. 20.

Puyol has suffered a string of minor complaints since returning from a knee ligament injury at the end of September.