Barcelona defender Eric Abidal plays first match since liver surgery
Eric Abidal on Tuesday played his first match since being cleared to resume his career following liver surgery.
Last Updated: 19/03/13 2:42pm
The 33-year-old played 65 minutes of the game against French second division side Istres at Barca's training ground.
Abidal has not played for Barca's senior side in over a year after undergoing a liver transplant last April, having previously had surgery to remove a tumour in March 2011.
The France international started training again last October and was then able to re-join his team-mates for squad sessions in mid-December, but it was not until February 21 that he was given the green light to return to competitive action.