Barcelona's Abidal to undergo liver operation

FC Barcelona's French international defender Éric Abidal has been diagnosed with a liver tumour by the Spanish club's doctors and will undergo surgery on Friday.

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FC Barcelona defender Éric Abidal will undergo surgery this week after club medics detected a liver tumour.

A club statement read: "Éric Abidal has a liver tumour for which he will have an operation next Friday in the BarnaClínic Grup Hospital under the treatment of Dr Josep Fuster Obregon."

The 31-year-old French international has made 22 Liga appearances this season and started five UEFA Champions League games, playing every minute of his side's round of 16 win against Arsenal FC.