Abidal makes Barcelona comeback in reserve match

Stefan Coerts
Abidal makes Barcelona comeback in reserve match

Barcelona has received some encouraging news as Eric Abidal has resumed match action again after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

With the majority of the Blaugrana players away on international duty, the Frenchman took part in a friendly match with Barcelona B against Ligue 2 outfit Istres on Tuesday morning.

Abidal was diagnosed with a liver tumor back in March 2011 and made a miraculous comeback only months later to feature in the Champions League final. Nevertheless, the 33-year-old was dealt another blow early in 2012 as he underwent a liver transplant in April last year.

The former Olympique Lyonnais defender had since been working on his recovery process, and is now one step closer to making his first-team comeback after getting playing time with the reserves.

Abidal last featured for Barcelona in the Liga win over Atletico Madrid on Feb. 26, 2012.

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