Eric Abidal has been found to have a liver tumor and will be treated as a surgeon next Friday at the Barna Clinic Group Clinic de Barcelona.” With this statement issued by FC Barcelona on March 15, 2011, the families of the spanish team began praying for the decent player to recover.

The operation was a success and Abidal was able to powerfully return to training with his teammates two months later, as the team entered the Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid. Camp Nou gave him an exciting applause when he replaced Puyol in the 90th minute and returned home.

On May 28, 2011, Abidal played 90 minutes of the Champions League final against Manchester United and lifted the trophy, privilege was given to him by Puyol and Chapi, captain of the Catalan team.