Barcelona: Eric Abidal ready to play after liver transplant

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

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

Barcelona says Eric Abidal is fit to play for the first time since receiving a liver transplant last April.

The 33-year-old France defender's last appearance for Barcelona was in February 2012.

Abidal has had two long-term layoffs because of his liver. He underwent surgery to remove a liver tumor in March 2011 and returned to the team 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.

He's been training with the team since December.