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Friday, April 13, 2012
Coach: Eric Abidal progressing fine

Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says Eric Abidal's liver transplant was completed "without complications" and the French defender's recovery is progressing as expected.

Guardiola says doctors were happy with the results and "that everything was going well ... which is the best news."

Abidal's cousin was the liver donor for Tuesday's surgery.

The 32-year-old Abidal underwent surgery to remove a liver tumor in March 2011, and returned to play sparingly at the end of last season. He was a regular all of this season until last month, when the Spanish champions announced the need for the transplant.

Abidal joined Barcelona from Lyon in 2007 and has helped the club win two Champions League titles and three straight Spanish league championships.