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Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that the future of Eric Abidal will come under focus from this Thursday.

Following confirmation that he has a tumor in his liver, the French defender will undergo surgery tomorrow at 16.00 CET in Barnaclinic of the Hospital Clinic group.
Eric Abidal, Barcelona

Everyone at Barcelona is supporting the 31-year-old but there are concerns over his long-term future at Camp Nou, with the club's vice-president Bartomeu now disclosing to RAC1 radio that the Blaugrana "will analyse [Abidal's future] from this Thursday."

Abidal's current contract with the Spanish giants runs until June 30, 2011 but Barcelona have said that they will extend it if the former Olympique Lyonnais left-back recovers from the operation and can carry on playing.

Bartomeu also confirmed that Barcelona will not sign a replacement for Abidal, but stated the his place in the first-team will now be taken by 21-year-old Andreu Fontás, who has already featured for the former European champions this season.

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