Wednesday Kickoff: Puyol to miss eight weeks, USA up to 32 in latest FIFA rankings, and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Puyol to miss eight weeks, USA up to 32 in latest FIFA rankings, and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Puyol to miss eight weeks, USA up to 32 in latest FIFA rankings, and more

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The terrible-looking arm injury suffered by Carles Puyol in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match against Barcelona appears to not be as bad as first feared.

According to multiple reports in Spain, Puyol is set to miss eight weeks with a dislocated elbow. The injury will not require surgery, which will allow the veteran defender to return in an astonishing two months.

Puyol suffered the injury when he fell awkwardly onto his own arm as he skied for a header late in Barcelona's 2-0 victory. The injury initially looked like it might be a broken arm, but Puyol's arm bent at the elbow, limiting the injury to a dislocation.

Here are some more stories to get your Wednesday going:

USMNT UP TO 32 IN LATEST FIFA RANKINGS

The U.S. Men's National Team moved up one place to No. 32 in the latest FIFA rankings, which were released on Wednesday morning.

Colombia were the big movers in the latest ranking, climbing 13 places to No 9.

Mexico moved up to No. 19, while Spain and Germany remain the two top teams in the rankings, respectively.

MARTINEZ FINED FOR REF RANT

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was hit wit a £10,000 fine for criticizing referees following a recent loss to Manchester United.

ZAMORA RIPS JOL

Former Fulham striker Bobby Zamora, now with Queens Park Rangers, said in published report that "the vast majority" of ex-Cottagers didn't get along with coach Martin Jol. He suggested that Jol is the reason for the departure of several key players in the recent past, including American Clint Dempsey. 

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What do you think of this development? Shocked to hear Puyol will only miss two months? Think the USA's FIFA ranking is a fair one?

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