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Abidal battles liver problems

Published 1050 GMT (1850 HKT) March 16, 2012
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Barcelona defender Eric Abidal, who needs a liver transplant, is battling to overcome his second serious health scare in just over a year. Getty Images
The France international was supported by his clubmates when he had surgery to remove a tumor on his liver in March last year. Getty Images
He made a surprisingly quick return to the Spanish side's line-up, and lifted the European Champions League trophy after Barca beat Manchester United in the final on May 28, having played the whole match. Getty Images
The 32-year-old has continued to be a key player for the Catalan club. Here he is surrounded by his teammates after scoring in a win against archrivals Real Madrid in January 2012. AFP/Getty Images
Abidal moved to the Camp Nou in 2007, having previously played for French champions Lyon, Lille and Monaco in his homeland. In January he signed a one-year contract extension until mid-2013. Getty Images