Eric Abidal progressing well after surgery on tumour

Eric Abidal's agent has revealed the Barcelona defender is progressing well after surgery to remove a tumour on his liver.

The 31-year-old France international went under the knife last week and his representative David Venditelli told COM Radio last night he is "recovering well", is in "good spirits" and awaiting the results of a biopsy to "see if everything is fine".

Venditelli also confirmed Barca had offered Abidal a new contract but that the player would rather focus on his recuperation at the current time.

He added: "We would prefer to wait for the results on Eric's health before talking about a contract extension.

"It is clear that Eric is happy with how the club has responded.

"He is pleased Barca are keen to negotiate an extension. (Director of football) Raul Sanllehi and (sporting director) Andoni Zubizarreta have been exceptional."

Abidal joined Barcelona from Lyon in 2007 and has been a regular this season in the team which leads the Primera Division and has reached the Champions League quarter-finals.

He played in both matches against Arsenal in the last 16 of the latter competition.

Capped 52 times by France, Abidal made his international debut in 2004 and has played for his country at two World Cups as well as the 2008 European Championship.

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