The F.C. Barcelona announced yesterday in a brief press release that the 31-year-old French defender, Eric Abidal, I suffered a tumor in the liver that will be urgently operated this Thursday by Dr. Josep Fuster Obregon at the BarnaClínic, Hospital Clinic group in Barcelona. Detected during the routine tests to which the entire Barcelona team is subjected, it will be necessary to wait for the biopsy to know the degree of severity of the tumor and the consequent procedure to treat it. What does seem clear is that the Frenchman will miss the remainder of the season.

The club blaugrana has not explained the origin of the tumor, but has hastened to request "maximum respect for the right to privacy" of the player. In addition, he has proposed to hobbies that want to send a message of support through the social network twitter that uses the motive '#animsabidal'. A few hours after the news was known, there were many signs of encouragement sent by players from rival clubs.

Other footballers, such as the Bulgarian Lubo Penev or the goalkeepers Sergio Aragoneses, Mono Burgos or the Spanish team José Francisco Molina, already had a cancer before and they returned to play after recovering satisfactorily.

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Abidal shares photo of his cousin in hospital in response to liver allegations (November 2019).