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Abidal close to first-team return

March 19, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent
Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has made his first appearance for the club in 11 months, playing 65 minutes for the B team in a friendly against French second-tier side Istres on Tuesday.

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Abidal had a liver transplant operation in April 2012, having previously undergone treatment for a tumour that was first discovered in early 2011.

The Frenchman, 33, returned to training with his team-mates in December 2012 after completing ...

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