Barcelona skipper Puyol blasts Ronaldinho, Deco doubters

Both players missed the tie amid doubts emerging in the press over the seriousness of their injuries.

At the final whistle, Puyol barked: "It shows a genuine lack of respect to doubt their injuries. I have spoken with both of them, not just to offer my support, but to let them know I'd put my hand in the fire for both.

"Anything that is said outside the dressing room about this issue doesn't concern me."