Abidal returns to action for Barça reserves
Eric Abidal has played his first match since being cleared to resume his career following liver surgery, after featuring for Barcelona's reserve side in a friendly.
The 33-year-old played 65 minutes of the game against French second division side Istres at Barça's training ground.
Abidal has not played for the Catalan giants' senior side in over a year, after undergoing a liver transplant last April, having previously had surgery to remove a tumour in March 2011.
The France international started training again last October and was then able to re-join his team-mates for squad sessions in mid-December, but it was not until 21 February that he was given the green light to return to competitive action.