Abidal operation a success

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Defender Eric Abidal has successfully undergone surgery to remove a liver tumour, Barcelona have announced.

Barca stopper could leave hospital next week

Defender Eric Abidal has successfully undergone surgery to remove a liver tumour, Barcelona have announced. The 31-year-old went under the knife at the BarnaClinic Grup Hospital Clinic in Barcelona on Thursday evening. If all goes well with his recovery, the France international could be allowed to leave hospital sometime next week. A statement on Barcelona's official website said: "During the operation, which lasted for approximately three hours, the medical team removed the tumour through laparoscopic surgery without any complications. "Depending on his progress, the player could be allowed to leave hospital within a week. "By the express desire of the player, the club ask for the maximum respect for his right to privacy and confidentiality." Abidal, who arrived at Camp Nou from Lyon in 2007, has played a key role in helping Barca to the helm of the Primera Liga and the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals this season. Capped 52 times by France, Abidal made his international debut in 2004 and has played for his country at two World Cups as well as the 2008 European Championship.

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