MADRID - Barcelona's French defender
Eric Abidal was recovering after an operation to remove a tumour
in his liver on Thursday, the Spanish club said in a statement.
It added that the 31-year-old player "could be released
within a week depending on his progress" after the surgery
conducted at a Barcelona clinic.
The operation lasted approximately three hours and doctors
removed the tumour without any complications, the club said.
The French international has been in superb form this season
for the Spanish league leaders, who have not released details
about the kind of tumour Abidal has.
It is unclear how long the defender will be out of action
but any prolonged absence would be a blow to Barca, who are five
points ahead of Real Madrid with 10 games left.
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