Barcelona defender defender Eric Abidal will undergo surgery later this week after he was found to have a liver tumour.
The 31-year-old France international, signed from Lyon in 2007, has been a regular figure in the first-team this season and Barca announced the shocking news via the club’s Twitter feed, following it up with a statement on their official website.
It read: “A tumour in Barca’s French international defender Eric Abidal’s liver has been detected and the player will be operated on this Friday.
“Following the detection of the tumour Eric Abidal will be operated on at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona this Friday by Doctor Josep Fuster Obregon.
“In accordance with the specific wishes of the player himself, the Club would like to demand the maximum respect for his privacy at this moment. “
The Catalan giants have given no indication of how long Abidal will be out of action.
We here at Football News would like to send our best wishes to Mr. Abidal at this time.