Barcelona full-back Eric Abidal plays first match since liver surgery
Eric Abidal played his first match on Tuesday since being cleared following liver surgery in a friendly match for Barcelona's reserve side.
The France international managed 65 minutes of the game against French Ligue 2 side Istres at Barca's training ground.
The 33-year-old has been sidelined for over a year after undergoing a liver transplant last April, having previously had surgery to remove a tumour in March 2011.
He miraculously made a comeback only months after the first operation to feature in Barcelona's 3-1 Champions League final victory over Manchester United.
After the second operation the full-back has 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's first training session was back in October before he re-joined his teammates for squad sessions in mid-December, but he was not given the go-ahead to return to competitive action until February 21.
The former Olympic Lyonnais defender last featured for Barcelona in La Liga on February 26, 2012, against Atletico Madrid.