Barcelona vs. AC Milan, 2013 UEFA Champions League: Carles Puyol reportedly out tonight

David Ramos

Barcelona captain and defender Carles Puyol will reportedly miss tonight's match against AC Milan

Spanish sports website AS is reporting that Barcelona captain and defender Carles Puyol has been scratched from the lineup due to knee soreness.

With Puyol out, it appears Jordi Roura will likely go with Javier Mascherano in the central defense next to Gerard Piqué. It's not the worst thing ever for Barcelona since Mascherano is a capable replacement, but it's still a blow. Puyol is a leader on the pitch and a bit of a talisman for the club, if you believe in that kind of thing.

The potential upside is that Puyol didn't play well at all against Milan in the first leg so perhaps Mascherano will be able to better handle the speedy attack that Milan will undoubtedly thrown at the Barca defense.

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