3 May 2011

Abidal included in Barcelona squad

1:51 pm on 3 May 2011

The French football defender Eric Abidal, who had surgery on a liver tumour in March, has been given the all-clear and included in the Barcelona squad for tomorrow's Champions League match against Real Madrid.

Barca coach Pep Guardiola says the 31-year-old is unlikely to play in the semi-final second leg at the Nou Camp, where Barca will defend a 2-nil lead, but his return is still good news for the La Liga leaders, who have lost defenders Adriano, Maxwell and Gabriel Milito to injury.

Midfielder Andres Iniesta, who missed last week's first leg in Madrid with a calf strain, has also been declared fit.