Barcelona, Sep 16
Barcelona will be without inspirational captain Carles Puyol for their Champions League opener against Spartak Moscow Wednesday after the defender went off injured in a league clash.
Puyol was substituted with a knee ligament injury after 57 minutes of Barcelona?s 4-1 win over Getafe Saturday, and the problem could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.
Midfielder and newly crowned European footballer of the year Andres Iniesta was ruled out of the Spartak match with a thigh strain after playing in Spain?s 1-0 win against Georgia Tuesday, while Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez is an injury doubt with a similar problem.
Full-back Jordi Alba missed the Getafe match with an illness.