Eric Abidal aiming to return

Updated: August 5, 2012, 12:03 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Barcelona defender Eric Abidal expects to return to the pitch this year as his recovery from a liver transplant continues to go well.

"I have started working in the gym and I feel fine. I'm progressing and let's see if I can play before December," the 32-year-old Abidal said Saturday after making the honorary kickoff in Barcelona's friendly at PSG.

"I'm better than three months ago. I am sticking to the program the doctors have given me and the truth is that I feel well. ...

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