Masked Puyol back in training

  • Last Updated: September 5 2012, 14:09 BST

Barcelona central defender Carles Puyol wore a protective mask in training on Wednesday as he continued his recovery from a fractured cheekbone.

Carles Puyol: Wore protective mask

The 34-year-old, who missed Spain's successful defence of the European Championship title with a knee injury in the summer, suffered the cheekbone setback in a clash with Osasuna forward Roland Lamah during Barcelona's 2-1 win on August 26.

The Barcelona captain, who will be absent from Spain's World Cup qualifier away to Georgia on Tuesday, will be allowed to wear the mask against Getafe in Barcelona's next Primera Division match on September 15.

Barcelona carried a photograph on the club website of Puyol wearing the mask during a training session he took part in for the club's B team.