Barcelona defender Eric Abidal
could return to play football again after his liver transplant,
the surgeon who carried out the operation has said.
The France international, 32, had surgery to remove a tumour
from his liver last year, but after returning to play again, was
forced to undergo a transplant on April 10 with part of an organ
donated by his cousin.
"It's up to him. I wouldn't stop him. Time will tell,"
doctor Juan Carlos Garcia-Valdecasas was quoted as telling
Spanish television station TV3 on Thursday. "If Eric responds
well, there is no reason why he shouldn't.
"The liver is an organ that regenerates in three months.
Abidal has to recover little by little, but between three and
six months, or up to a year after the intervention, the patient
is able to have a normal life.
"He is always in high spirits. He is a very positive
character, it is tremendous. He has never complained about
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