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Barcelona's Eric Abidal hospitalized for tests on liver transplant

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Eric Abidal hasn't played this season but was allowed to start training again in December.

Barcelona says defender Eric Abidal will be hospitalized for three to four days to undergo tests on his liver transplant.

The 33-year-old Abidal had to have a liver transplant last April and has not played since, although he did return to training with the team in October.

Abidal underwent surgery to remove a liver tumor in March 2011 and returned to the team at full strength before the end of the season.

The France international had to stop playing a second time last spring when doctors determined he needed a transplant.

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