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FC Barcelona News: 16 March 2011; Abidal To Have Surgery On Liver Tumor and More

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Abidal to have surgery on liver tumour | Eurosport
"A liver tumour has been detected in the player Eric Abidal and he will be treated surgically next Friday," Barcelona announced. "Abidal will be operated on by Dr Josep Fuster Obregon. Per the express wish of the player, we call for the utmost respect for the right to privacy."

Abidal op brought forward | Eurosport
The club, announcing the rescheduled surgery on their website, have not released details about the kind of tumour Abidal has and it remains unclear how long the 31-year-old French international will be out of action.

Barcelona Defender Eric Abidal To Have Surgery For Liver Tumor | SBNation
After Barcelona's release revealed the surgery, many speculated that Frenchman would miss the remainder of the season recovering from the surgery. Guillem Balague has since revealed that reports indicate Abidal's tumor is benign and that his recovery will only be five or six weeks. If the report is accurate, it is fantastic news for Abidal.

Stars rally round after Eric tumour | The Sun
On hearing the news, footballers around the globe used social networking websites to show their support for Abidal.

Ten league games to go | FCBarcelona
Seven months on, the league season is drawing to a close. There are ten games in April and May and 30 points to play for. Barça have led the way since beating Real Madrid 5-0 in game 13 and will be looking to hold onto that position and conquer the third consecutive championship of the Guardiola era.

Messi: "Being in the Champions League gives us strength for the rest of the season" | FCBarcelona
Humility, work rate, speed, genius, magic and love of football. All this and much more make up Leo Messi. He’s a leader, on and off the pitch. Background noise doesn’t affect him. Quite the contrary, it serves as a stimulus. He’s 2 goals away from matching his scoring record and nobody doubts that he’ll beat it. In a conversation with Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat he explains how he and the team view the most crucial stretch of the season.

75 goals in the league from open play | FCBarcelona
The proportion of goals from open play is the highest since Guardiola took over the team. Barça has scored 75 of the 79 goals in the league with the type of football that has captured the admiration of everybody in football, and only four goals have been from set pieces. This figure continues to reaffirm the superiority of the Barça game.

Luis Enrique to leave Barcelona B | LFP
The club's Director of Football, Andoni Zubizarreta, confirmed the news in a press conference: "His decision is down to the fact that he feels he has completed a personal and professional part of his career" at the club.

The motivation of a safe pair of hands | FCBarcelona
Against Sevilla on Sunday, Víctor Valdés equalled the legendary Antoni Ramallets’ tally of 288 league appearances for Barcelona. Now he only has to catch Andoni Zubizarreta, who played 301 games.

Piqué: "We win because we’re better" | FCBarcelona
"The club has already released an announcement that says what we think. In football you win because you are better than the opposition. That’s why we win, because we’re better and nothing else", stated Gerard Piqué.

Barcelona Linked With Betis Prospect Ezequiel Calvente - Report | Goal
The winger shot into the spotlight when scoring an audacious penalty at the European Under-19 Championships in July 2010, when the left-footed player ran up to hit the ball with his weaker right foot, but at the last minute switched to his natural left foot.

No Real Madrid link to doping claims | ESPN
The Catalan giants are considering legal action against radio station Cadena Cope for insinuations made during a broadcast on Sunday night, and have been contacted by the president of their great rivals, Florentino Perez, insisting that no one at Real had anything to do with Cadena Cope's report.

Government want lock-out averted | Eurosport
The LFP, which represents first and second division clubs, has been in talks with the government to scrap a rule that one La Liga game per matchday be shown on free television, in time for the start of the 2012-13 season.

Cristiano Ronaldo in training again | LFP
The Portuguese forward, who has missed the last two games, against Racing and Hércules, seems to have recovered from the muscular injury in his left thigh and, if he does not suffer a relapse, will play against the French team and in the next Liga BBVA game against Atlético de Madrid.

Real to decide on Canales | Sky Sports
The 20-year-old was snapped up by Real Madrid last summer when they beat a host of clubs to take him from Racing Santander. However, the midfield starlet has found football hard to come by under Jose Mourinho and has started just one game.

De Gea worth more than £18m | Sky Sports
Manchester United would have to stump up more than £18million if they want to sign David de Gea, according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo.

Atletico Madrid On Verge Of €12 Million Deal For Galatasaray Captain Arda Turan - Report | Goal
El Mundo Deportivo comments that the player has agreed personal terms with los Colchoneros, and the two clubs must now agree a fee, with a figure in the region of €12 million being touted as a potential valuation.

Bayern Munich Join Race For Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente | Goal
Llorente will not come on the cheap though as Athletic reportedly turned down a mega bid from Spurs in the winter transfer window and los Leones have insisted that interested suitors must meet his €36 million buy-out clause to land the Spain international striker.

Sevilla's Diego Perotti On Liverpool Radar - Report | Goal
Perotti started his professional career with Deportivo Moron and joined his current club in the summer of 2007. He has developed into an important first team member at Sevilla in the past two seasons after a difficult start to life in Spain.

Del Horno ruled out of Depor clash | LFP
Levante defender Asier del Horno will miss the game against Deportivo de la Coruña owing to a hamstring strain in his right thigh, detected after the player underwent medical tests on Tuesday. The full back will be out for ten days but will most likely make his comeback against Málaga.