Abidal recovering after surgery

France international is in the thoughts of his Barca team-mates

Eric Abidal: Barcelona defender during happier times with the club

Barcelona have announced that defender Eric Abidal is recovering well after undergoing surgery on his liver.

The France international underwent the lengthy procedure on Tuesday which was completed just after midnight, at around the same time Barca had beaten Getafe 4-0, during which their fans chanted the full-back's name.

Barca president Sandro Rosell said: "Today could be a great one all round, because we know that Abidal and his cousin (Gerard, the donor) are recovering well after the operation.

"I can't say anything more than this because the family have specifically asked us not to say any more."

Dedication

Coach Pep Guardiola also offered his support to the player after seeing his team close the gap on leaders Real Madrid to one point at the top of La Liga.

"We want to dedicate this win to Abidal," he said. "It's a special day because we knew that today he underwent his operation.

"We've been told that Abidal's operation has finished, which has been long and we need to be patient.

"Throughout the week we will know more. The next few days will be key to see how things are going. We have a lot of faith in someone as strong as him."

Team-mate Andres Iniesta added: "I'm happy to dedicate this win to Abi. This is for you!"