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Abidal to kick off friendly

Abidal to kick off friendly
By Eurosport

04/08/2012 at 22:07Updated 04/08/2012 at 23:14

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will kick-off the friendly match with Paris Saint-Germain this evening, the Liga club confirmed.

The France left-back, 32, is recovering after a liver transplant followed the discovery of a tumour last season.

He will start the match but take no further part, Barca said, adding that he had returned to light physical training.

“He is training very softly, but it is too soon to say when he will return to the pitch.

Team-mate Xavi was delighted at the news.

“It’s fantastic that he can be with us, that he has recovered, it’s truly happy for him,” Xavi said.

“It’s an enormous relief for him, and he is euphoric at the moment. It’s also good news for us that he’s practically recovered, it shows that the operation went well.

“It’s the best news that we could have heard.”