Puyol out for three weeks

MADRID - Barcelona defender Carles Puyol faces three weeks out because of twisted ankle ligaments, the Primera Liga leaders said on Saturday.

The club captain had to leave the pitch on a stretcher after falling badly on his left ankle in the last minute of their 2-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao.

Barca's medical department said he would undergo further tests on Sunday and he was likely to miss the Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Olympique Lyon on Wednesday and the league matches against Almeria and Malaga.