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Players support Abidal, diagnosed with liver tumor

  • AP, Wednesday, March 16, 2011 1:04 AM

French defender Eric Abidal could miss the rest of the Barcelona season after being diagnosed with a liver tumor.

Abidal, who played for France at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup, will undergo surgery on Friday. He received support via Twitter from players across Europe.

"I'd like to show all my affection and support for Eric Abidal from here. I'm confident everything will be all right," Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta wrote. "He deserves it, he's a great guy!"

Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas wrote it was "bad news for football" and sent Abidal "a lot of support and a lot of strength." Real Madrid's Kaka added: "What sad news about Eric Abidal, tumor in the liver! Let's all pray for him.... God Bless!"

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