MADRID - Barcelona defender Eric Abidal
is to have surgery on a tumour in his liver, the La Liga club
said on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old France international will be operated on at
a clinic in the Catalan capital on Friday, the club said on
They gave no further details and asked that the player's
privacy be respected.
It was unclear how long Abidal would be out of action. His
absence for any length of time would be a severe blow to the La
Liga leaders given his superb form this season and their
relatively limited squad.
The athletic Abidal normally plays at left-back but has
filled in brilliantly in central defence when regulars Carles
Puyol and Gerard Pique have been absent this season.
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