Abidal leaves hospital

Abidal leaves hospital

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has been discharged from hospital after undergoing a liver transplant last month.

The Catalan club announced in March that the 32-year-old Frenchman needed a transplant almost exactly a year after the defender had surgery to remove a liver tumour, with the Abidal’s cousin Gerard donating the organ.

A short statement on Barca’s website today said: “The French defender was discharged form hospital today after his liver transplant on April 10.

“The club’s medical services released a bulletin explaining: ”Given the particulars of his recovery process. Abidal will have to undergo a number of hospital check-ups.“”

Following his first operation in March 2011, Abidal was out for just seven weeks, returning to the team for the end-of-season run-in with a number of substitute appearance.

His only start during that spell was in the Champions League final victory over Manchester United, when he was given the honour of lifting the trophy.

More in this Section

Police request for Liverpool’s potential title win to be played at neutral venuePolice request for Liverpool’s potential title win to be played at neutral venue

Inter Milan extending Ashley Young's deal at San SiroInter Milan extending Ashley Young's deal at San Siro

League of Ireland Legends: Alfie Hale - The man with the goal-den touchLeague of Ireland Legends: Alfie Hale - The man with the goal-den touch

The key questions on the impact of coronavirus on footballThe key questions on the impact of coronavirus on football


Lifestyle

A whiff of new normality is in the air, writes Des O'SullivanAntiques: How to put a post-lockdown world in the frame

Another week, another fiendishly fun test of your arts and showbiz knowledge from Irish Examiner Arts Editor Des O'DriscollScene & Heard: Fun culture quiz

The story of how the Cork-based executive head chef faced her “demons” and turned around her life just before her 30th birthday.This is me: Trisha Lewis transforms her body and mindset

A star-studded finale from the Late Late Show and a classic Brazil v France encounter feature among today's top tips.Friday's TV Highlights: A star-studded finale from the Late Late Show and a classic Brazil v France encounter

More From The Irish Examiner