Barca lose Abidal for two months

Barcelona have lost French international defender Eric Abidal for around eight weeks due to a leg injury. Abidal was forced off 22 minutes into yesterday's 2-1 derby defeat by Espanyol and will now be sidelined for the next two months.

It is bad timing for Abidal who will miss out on an emotional return to former club Lyon, who Barcelona face in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Barcelona paid Lyon 15 million euros for Abidal in June 2007 after the player made his mark for France at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ finals.