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Abidal targets December return

August 5, 2012
By ESPN staff

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is hopeful of a return to action before the end of the year.

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal celebrates his winning goal against Real Madrid
APBarcelona defender Eric Abidal celebrates his winning goal against Real Madrid

• Abidal leaves hospital

Abidal, 32, has been unavailable for selection since undergoing a liver transplant in April, having undergone treatment on a tumour last year.

The Frenchman recovered from the original treatment before the end of the 2010-11 season and lifted the Champions League trophy after Barca's victory over Manchester United. He is now making steady progress from his liver transplant.

Abidal told Barca's official website: "I have started working in the gym and I feel fine. I will keep progressing and see if I can play before December.

"I'm better than three months ago. I am following the guidelines that the doctors have given me and the truth is I feel fine. I travel and enjoy being around the team and that environment."

Barca have signed Spain international Jordi Alba to operate in Abidal's usual left-back position, although the latter's versatility also allows him to play in central defence should new coach Tito Vilanova wish to use the pair in the same line-up.