Soccer-Abidal hopes France return will send him to Brazil (Reuters)

By Gregory Blachier PARIS, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal never thought he could play for France again while he was recovering from a liver transplant but now hopes he will play next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Abidal, 33, left Barcelona in the summer amid doubts over his ability to recapture his form. His spell at Nou Camp was marked by a couple of lengthy absences after he was diagnosed with a liver tumour and underwent an operation in March 2011, followed by the transplant in April last year. …

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