Abidal targets comeback

The France international has been out since undergoing a liver transplant in April, having also undergone treatment for a tumour last year.

He recovered from that original illness just before the end of the 2010-11 season and had recovered sufficiently to lift the UEFA Champions League Trophy that May.

This latest setback has sidelined the 32-year-old since February but Abidal is now targeting a December comeback.

He told the club’s official website: “I have started working in the gym and I feel fine. I will keep progressing and see if I can play before December.

“I’m better than three months ago. I am following the guidelines that the doctors have given me and the truth is I feel fine.

“I travel and enjoy being around the team and that environment.”

Barca have signed Spain international Jordi Alba to operate in Abidal’s usual left-back position, but the Frenchman’s versatility and experience could yet prove an asset to the Catalan club.