Abidal admits tumour changed him

Barcelona's French defender Eric Abidal admitted today that he has been changed forever by a liver tumour.

The 31-year-old left-back has returned to the pitch barely six weeks after undergoing surgery on the tumour in March.

And he could play in his first UEFA Champions League final on 28 May against Manchester United, having been suspended when Barça won in 2009 against the English side in Rome.

"When something like that happens to you, your life can change overnight ... It has really changed me, above all my character," he told Barça TV.

When something like that happens to you, your life can change overnight.
Barcelona defender Eric Abidal on his liver tumour

"That's why I continue to do a lot of check-ups, because this time it was the liver, but tomorrow it could be something else."

The Frenchman said he was hopeful of playing against United at Wembley.

"If I don't play it doesn't matter, but we have to win at all costs," he said. "There are two weeks to go before Wembley and I'm lucky that the physical trainers know me well and will help me to be in top form on the day."

Abidal played 53 minutes in yesterday's goalless draw at home to Deportivo La Coruna.