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Barca's Eric Abidal returns to play

March 19, 2013
By Press Association

Eric Abidal on Tuesday played his first match since being cleared to resume his career following liver surgery after featuring for Barcelona's reserve side in a friendly.

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 tumor in March 2011.

The France international started training again last October and was then able to re-join his teammates 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.