PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona defender Carles Puyol has made his first appearance since a seven-month absence while recovering from knee surgery.
The 35-year-old Spanish international was included in Barcelona's starting lineup for its game at Osasuna on Saturday after being cleared by team doctors earlier in the week.
Puyol's last appearance came on March 12 of last season. He has missed 27 matches for the Spanish champions since.
Puyol will now be hoping to recover his spot on Spain's national team for the 2014 World Cup.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino left Lionel Messi on the bench after he was also deemed fit to play after recovering from a muscle injury in his right leg.