12 Apr 2012

Abidal recovering after liver transplant

6:50 am on 12 April 2012

Barcelona's French football international Eric Abidal is recovering well after a liver transplant, although at the request of his family there will be no official statement on the success of the procedure for the time being.

Abidal had surgery to remove a tumour from his liver a year ago before making a triumphant and emotional return to lift the Champions League trophy at Wembley just two months later.

The donor, his cousin Gerard, is also recovering well.