SPAIN | WORLD CUP 2014
Toni Grande: "It's very difficult for Puyol to go to the World Cup"
"We haven't completely ruled him out yet, but naturally, he needs to play a lot more often and be involved in the thick of the action," said Del Bosque's number two.
The Spain assistant coach, Toni Grande, has admitted that Carles Puyol's hopes of going to the World Cup with Spain are limited.
The Barcelona centre-back, part of Spain's winning teams at Euro 2008 and the World Cup in 2010, has made a total of nine starts for Barça this season across all competitions, only four of which have been in the League.
Speaking to radio programme 'La Xarxa', Grande said Puyol would have to start playing more often for his club before he could be considered for selection for the 23-man squad Vicente del Bosque will take to Brazil.
"We haven't completely ruled him out yet, but naturally, he needs to play a lot more often and be involved in the thick of the action," said Grande.
"We haven't ruled him out yet because there are still three more months until the World Cup, but it's very difficult for him."
However, the coach underlined how important Puyol has been to Spain's dominance of the international stage in the last six years.
"He's been a vital player to the team for a very long time. Not just on the pitch, but also off it, because of his experience, commitment, exemplary behaviour and optimism."