Back in training ... Barcelona defender Carles Puyol (AAP)
Barcelona defender Carles Puyol wore a protective mask in training on Wednesday as he continued his recovery from a fractured cheekbone.
The 34-year-old, who missed Spain's successful defence of its European championship title with a knee injury in the northern summer, suffered the cheekbone setback in a clash with Osasuna forward Roland Lamah during Barcelona's 2-1 win last month.
The Barcelona captain, who will be absent from Spain's 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier away to Georgia on Tuesday evening (Wednesday morning AEST), will be allowed to wear the mask against Getafe in Barcelona's next Primera Division match on 15 September.
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.