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Barca's Abidal leaves hospital after liver transplant

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MADRID (Reuters) -- Barcelona defender Eric Abidal was released from hospital on Monday six weeks after having a liver transplant, the Spanish club said in a statement.

"Given the particular nature of this recovery process, Abidal will have to undergo regular hospital checkups," a medical note said on their official website.

The France international, 32, underwent a lengthy operation on April 10 with an organ donated by his cousin Gerard.

He had previously had surgery to remove a tumour from his liver in March last year and returned two months later to lift the Champions League trophy at Wembley.

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