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Barcelona defender Carles Puyol to face Real Madrid in a mask


Barcelona captain Carles Puyol could play a part in tonight's Spanish Super Cup second leg at Real Madrid despite a fractured cheekbone but will have to wear a protective mask, coach Tito Vilanova said yesterday.

Puyol, who sustained the injury in Sunday's 2-1 La Liga win at Osasuna, trained with his team-mates yesterday. "Today he trained but avoided any contact," Vilanova said. Barça lead 3-2 from last week's first leg.