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Barcelona's Abidal set for liver transplant

Published: Thursday 15 March 2012, 14.51CET
France full-back Éric Abidal is to have a liver transplant, with FC Barcelona team-mate Carles Puyol saying: "It was very difficult hearing the news before we went out to train today."
Barcelona's Abidal set for liver transplant
Éric Abidal has been scheduled for a liver transplant operation ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Thursday 15 March 2012, 14.51CET

Barcelona's Abidal set for liver transplant

France full-back Éric Abidal is to have a liver transplant, with FC Barcelona team-mate Carles Puyol saying: "It was very difficult hearing the news before we went out to train today."

FC Barcelona have announced that France full-back Éric Abidal is to have a liver transplant.

"During the next few weeks the player will undergo a liver transplant as a result of the progress of his liver disease," said a Barcelona statement. "A transplant was considered an option from the start of his treatment a year ago. At the express wishes of the player, the club asks that the maximum respect for the player's privacy be observed."

The 32-year-old underwent an operation to remove a tumour from his liver last March but made a rapid return to fitness and lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy at Wembley in May. This season Abidal has featured in 22 Spanish Liga games and six more in the UEFA Champions League. He appeared in France's 2-1 friendly win away to Germany on 29 February but has not played since.

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol said: "It was very difficult hearing the news before we went out to train today. The  coach told us and it was a nasty surprise. We spoke to Éric and he is in good spirits. He is an extremely strong person. He got over this last season and he will do so again. We will all be at his side and we send him our best wishes knowing he will be better soon."

Last updated: 15/03/12 20.10CET

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