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Bradford fans campaign for courageous Jake Turton to lead their team out at Wembley

We want brave Jake as Wembley mascot! Bradford fans campaign for cancer-survivor lad to lead team out at cup final

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

11:30 GMT, 5 February 2013

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UPDATED:

14:01 GMT, 5 February 2013

Bradford City fans have launched a campaign on Facebook to get young cancer survivor Jake Turton installed as the cub’s mascot for the forthcoming Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.

Young Jake, nine, touched the hearts of fans everywhere after being photographed with Bradford skipper Gary Jones at the end of the League Two club’s exhilarating semi-final triumph at Aston Villa two weeks ago.

Having overcome a brain tumour that doctors warned could kill him, Jake already has his ticket for Bradford’s big day at Wembley against Swansea from the Barclays Premier League later this month.

Sealed with a kiss: Bradford captain Gary Jones went straight to Jake after the second leg against Aston Villa

Sealed with a kiss: Bradford captain Gary Jones went straight to Jake after the second leg against Aston Villa

Nice one, son: Jake's proud dad Andy (holding balloon) watches on as his son admires the shirt Jones gave him immediately after Bradford's stunning win over Villa

Nice one, son: Jake's proud dad Andy (holding balloon) watches on as his son admires the shirt Jones gave him immediately after Bradford's stunning win over Villa

What a smacker: Jake is delighted after Jones singles him out following the Capital One Cup semi-final triumph

What a smacker: Jake is delighted after Jones singles him out following the Capital One Cup semi-final triumph

But now more than 7,000 fans have put
their names to a campaign on social networking site Facebook dedicated to
seeing Jake lead the team out at the national stadium.

Called ‘Get Jake Turton to lead Bradford City out at Wembley’, the campaign has been backed by fans from all over the country – including those of beaten semi-finalists Villa – and even by followers from Brazil.

Picture shows Jake Turton cancer sufferer who led his beloved Bradford City out during there first leg against Aston Villa

Picture shows dad Andy, Jake and mum Cath Turton, Jake was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2009

Magic moment: Jake lines up with Jones (left) ahead of the first-leg match against Villa at Valley Parade and (right) with dad Andy and mum Cath. Jake was diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2009

Jake has already led the team out once – when Bradford played Villa at Valley Parade in the semi-final first leg – and his family have decided to let officials from the club make their own decision about Wembley without any influence from them.

Jake’s dad Andy – a Bradford season ticket holder – said today: 'Jake loved his big day at Bradford in the semi-final and we are still really grateful to the club that he was able to do that.

'At the moment he is just looking forward to going to Wembley to watch his team.'

City slicker: Jake poses with his semi-final scarf

City slicker: Jake poses with his semi-final scarf

Keeping up with the Joneses: Captain Jones at home with his family - Daisy (five), Frankie (two) and wife Nikki

Keeping up with the Joneses: Captain Jones at home with his family – Daisy (five), Frankie (two) and wife Nikki

Lionel Messi scored 91st and final goal of record-breaking season

91 and out! Messi strikes again to bring curtain down on incredible year… now see each and every goal

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21:29 GMT, 22 December 2012

Lionel Messi scored his final goal of a record breaking year as Barcelona won 3-1 against Valladolid on Saturday night.

Messi's second-half strike was his 91st of the season, nutmegging a defender and rattling home with his deadly left-foot to sign off in style.

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Unstoppable: Lionel Messi (left) scored the 91st goal of his record-breaking season

Unstoppable: Lionel Messi (left) scored the 91st goal of his record-breaking season

Bang: Messi smashes in Barcelona's second goal as they extended their La Liga lead

Bang: Messi smashes in Barcelona's second goal as they extended their La Liga lead

He broke Gerd Muller's 40-year-old milestone of 85 goals in a calendar year by grabbing 79 for Barcelona and 12 for Argentina.

The victory leaves Barcelona nine points clear of Atletico Madrid in second and 16 points up on Real Madrid, before they take to the field against Malaga later on.

It was achieved without manager Tito Vilanova who was released from hospital just before the match after having throat surgery to remove a tumour.

Both teams wore T-shirts which carried messages of support for the manager, who will undergo chemotherapy in upcoming weeks.

Support: Messi's T-shirt has a photo of Tito Vilanova on it along with the word 'courage'

Support: Messi's T-shirt has a photo of Tito Vilanova on it along with the word 'courage'

For Tito: The team wore the shirts to support their boss who was released from hospital today

For Tito: The team wore the shirts to support their boss who was released from hospital today

'This win is for Tito,' said Barcelona defender Dani Alves.

'It's a surprise and joy that he is home now. We are here to help him any way he can. Football is secondary now, he is fighting for his life.'

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova suffers tumour relapse

Barcelona boss Vilanova suffers tumour relapse… assistant team coach Roura steps in

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UPDATED:

20:07 GMT, 19 December 2012

Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova is to undergo surgery and a course of chemotherapy after suffering a relapse of a cancerous tumour he had removed last year.

The 44-year-old had a tumour on his parotid gland (the largest of the human salivary glands) removed in emergency surgery last November when he was the club's assistant manager.

During a recent medical check-up, it was found that the tumour had returned and Vilanova will have more surgery on Thursday before six weeks of chemotherapy.

Assistant coach Jordi Roura has been named interim boss during Vilanova's absence.

It was announced in April that Vilanova would take over as Barca coach following Pep Guardiola's decision to step down at the end of the season and take a year-long sabbatical from the game.

Stepping down: Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has suffered a relapse of a tumour he had removed last November

Stepping down: Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has suffered a relapse of a tumour he had removed last November

Vilanova was Guardiola's assistant
during four hugely successful years at the Nou Camp which saw Barca win
13 trophies, including two Champions League crowns and three Primera
Division titles.

Vilanova has enjoyed a superb start to his tenure in the hotseat,
helping Barca establish a nine-point lead at the top of the league
standings after winning 15 of their opening 16 games while drawing the
other.

Barca are also through to the knockout stages of the Champions League
and hold a 2-0 first-leg lead over Cordoba in their Copa del Rey last-16
tie.

The club cancelled a scheduled press conference involving Club President Sandro Rosell on Wednesday as the news broke, as well as the staff Christmas party.

A training session scheduled for 6pm UK time this evening, and which was open to the public for the first 15 minutes, has been closed off.

Barcelona
have announced that no decision will be made on a potential replacement
until Vilanova has spoken to the players.

The news broke on the same day defender Eric Abidal was given the all-clear to resume his playing career following a liver transplant.

VILANOVA'S RECORD AT BARCELONA SO FAR

Pld 27 W 23 D 2 L 2 (85.18% win ratio)

Successor: Vilanova replaced Pep Guardiola (right) as Barcelona manager in the summer

Successor: Vilanova replaced Pep Guardiola (right) as Barcelona manager in the summer

Messages of support flooded in for Vilanova from throughout the sporting world.

'Very sorry to hear the news,' Barca midfielder Xavi said on his official Twitter account.

Former tennis world number one Rafa
Nadal said: 'All my strength and support for Tito Vilanova! We are all
with you to overcome this next hurdle.'

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero ‏tweeted: 'We support you, #AnimoTito! We wish you the strength to overcome this moment.'

His Spanish teammate David Silva added: 'All my support and best wishes to Tito and all of the people in the world fighting every day against cancer. Be strong #AnimoTito'

Former Barcelona striker Gary Lineker tweeted: 'Very sorry to hear Tito Vilanova, the Barca coach, is undergoing surgery after a cancer relapse. Thoughts are with him.'

A statement on the Madrid website read: 'Real Madrid want to express their support and best wishes for the coach of FC Barcelona, Tito Vilanova, and wish him a very rapid recovery. Real Madrid offer their support to his club and to all his family.'

Good job: Barcelona are nine points clear at the summit of La Liga

Good job: Barcelona are nine points clear at the summit of La Liga

Vilanova was out of action for around
three weeks after surgery last year, but returned to the dugout to help
Guardiola for the last six months of the 2011-12 campaign.

The quietly-spoken Catalan said the experience had left him with a different perspective on life, at his presentation in June.

'I had an important operation a few
months ago,' he said. 'I spoke with the medics and my family about the
job, but they all said I was perfectly okay and there was no problem.

'Having overcome this operation it
gives me a different view on life. Perhaps, after what has happened,
training Barca will be like kids play.'

Barca released a press statement this morning announcing they had suspended all activities for today but did not go into details and did not mention Vilanova.

The club confirmed a further announcement would be made later today.

The statement read: 'Barcelona announce that it is has suspended the press conference from president Sandro Rosell planned for midday. As well as that, the media Christmas lunch has been cancelled.

'Later today the club will issue a further release. Until that time we will not make any announcement about this matter.

'We regret any inconvenience this decision may cause.'

Vilanova factfile

1969: Born September 17 in Bellcaire d'Emporda Girona.

1988: Comes through the Barcelona youth set-up along with fellow midfielder Pep Guardiola, but cannot break into the first team, playing for two years at Barcelona B.

1990: Joins lower-league Figueres.

1992: Moves to Primera Division Celta Vigo, but fails to hold down a first-team place.

1995: Leaves Celta.

2002: Retires from playing after short spells in the lower leagues with Badajoz, Real Mallorca, Lleida, Elche and finally Gramenet.

Tito Vilanova

2007: After working as technical director at Tarrassa, becomes Guardiola's assistant at Barcelona B. The pair help the team to promotion to Segunda Division B.

2008: June – Guardiola takes over coach of Barcelona and Vilanova comes with him as his assistant. The pair win the league, cup and Champions League in the first season in charge. Two more league titles, another Champions League crown and two Club World Cups follow.

2011: November 22 – Undergoes surgery on his parotid gland in Barcelona and spends three weeks recovering after being discharged.

2012: April 27 – Appointed as Guardiola's successor as Barcelona coach for next season after Guardiola announces he will not renew his contract.

June 15 – Signs a two-year contract to remain as Barcelona coach.

December 19 – Barcelona announce he would have surgery on the parotid gland for a second time on December 20 and faced approximately six weeks of chemotherapy. A club statement also said he could remain as coach dependent on his recovery during the treatment.

Everton legend Kevin Sheedy given the "all clear" after successful bowel cancer op

Everton legend Sheedy given the 'all clear' after successful bowel cancer op

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 26 September 2012

Everton legend Kevin Sheedy has been given the 'all clear' after bowel cancer surgery.

The former Toffees and Republic of Ireland midfielder, now coach of the Blues Under-18s team, is recovering at home following his recent operation.

And Sheedy declared that 'my life has been saved through early detection'.

Recovering well: Everton legend Kevin Sheedy

Recovering well: Everton legend Kevin Sheedy

The tumour, which was at an early stage, in addition to lymph glands that were removed during the surgery have subsequently tested 'all clear' which means that he won't require any further treatment.

Sheedy told evertonfc.com: 'I will need regular checks to monitor my recovery. My symptoms were blood in my stools and a change in my bowel habits because I was always on the toilet.

'My mother died of bowel cancer two years ago and my father is in remission after a successful operation seven years ago.

'I would strongly urge anybody who has concerns to go immediately to their GP.

'My life has been saved through early detection and I am told that over 90% who are diagnosed at the earliest stage are successfully treated.

'Don't be embarrassed to go otherwise you could die of that embarrassment.'

Since being diagnosed with the potentially life-threatening disease, Sheedy has been moved by the volume of support he has received from people both inside and outside of football.

'I would like to say a massive thank-you to everybody who sent me messages of support, which I got from all over the world,' he said.

'It was very touching and really helped me to deal with my situation knowing that so many people were rooting for me.

'It would be impossible for me to personally reply to everybody but I would like to make special mention of my surgeon Mr Skaife, all of his staff and the staff on Ward 4 at Aintree Hospital who gave me the best treatment and support that I could ever have wished for.'

London 2012 Olympics: Best British moment at these Games?

What would be your best British moment at these Games Sportsmail suggests a few…

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UPDATED:

21:42 GMT, 24 July 2012

Olympics 2012

JONATHAN MCEVOY

Four golds over four Games – plus a silver in a fifth – is a mark of sustained brilliance. Only one Briton might be able to make that boast at the close of these Olympics and that is Ben Ainslie, our extraordinary sailor. As an historic achievement that would take some beating.

DES KELLY

I'm hoping Dai Greene adds the 400m hurdles gold to last year's world championship. It will be the reward he deserves for all the hard work, professionalism and dedication he brings to his craft – while still being an all-round, decent bloke.

To Dai for: 400m hurdler Greene is going for gold in London this summer

To Dai for: 400m hurdler Greene is going for gold in London this summer

ALEX KAY

Yes, he's done too many sponsorship and media endorsements and the incredible Chinese mean a gold is probably just a pipe dream. But it is easy to forget what Tom Daley has been through in the past couple of years. His father Rob was the person who got him into diving. That Daley has stayed so focused after his father's battle against a brain tumour and death is hugely impressive. No-one in Team GB deserves a happy ending more.

LAURIE WHITWELL

Louis Smith winning gold on pommel horse. Britain has never had an Olympic gold medal gymnast – but Smith can fix that. After winning bronze in Beijing, you have to admire the way he has put together the most complex routine in the world, which could prove unbeatable. He's a lovely guy too, making it all the better to see him punch the air in victory.

LAURA WILLIAMSON

Jessica Ennis smashing the 7,000 points barrier to win gold in the heptathlon. It's such a brutal event in which so much could go wrong, but after injuries and those two silver medals I would dearly love to see it all come together for Ennis on Saturday, August 4.

Popular choice: Jessica Ennis faces stiff competition in the heptathlon

Popular choice: Jessica Ennis faces stiff competition in the heptathlon

NEIL WILSON

Jessica Ennis winning heptathlon gold because she has remained the girl next door and her coach has remained the guy who taught her everything she knows, two lovely people unchanged by success. Both deserve their reward.

MIKE DICKSON

The flagship coxless four has become synonymous with British gold-medal success going back to 2000. When they rowed down the Australians in the final 250m in Beijing it was among the most breathtaking things I have ever witnessed, and anything similar to that would be sensational.

ALAN FRASER

My best of British moment would be just one of the many brilliant French journalists I have come to know through rugby union, football, cycling and five summer Olympic Games sending me a text as the flame is extinguished saying that Paris could not have done it as well as London.

Former Liverpool defender Miki Roque dies from cancer

Former Liverpool defender Roque dies aged 23 after losing cancer battle

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20:56 GMT, 24 June 2012

Real Betis defender Miki Roque has died at the age of 23 following a fight against cancer.

Roque, who came through the youth
ranks at Liverpool before returning to his homeland with Betis,
underwent surgery to remove a tumour in his pelvis last year.

Miki Roque spent four years at Liverpool

Miki Roque spent four years at Liverpool

A statement on Betis' official website on Sunday read: 'The Real Betis player Miquel Roque Farrero, Miki Roque, had died today at the Instituto Dexeus de Barcelona hospital at the age of 23.

'Miki Roque had been battling pelvic cancer since March 2011, a struggle that he fought with fortitude and determination.

'Real Betis send their deepest condolences to the Roque family.'

Roque spent four years at Liverpool between 2005 and 2009 and helped the club win the 2006 FA Youth Cup.

He made one substitute appearance for the first team, against Galatasaray in a Champions League match in December 2006.

While at Anfield Roque had loan spells with Oldham and Spanish sides Xerez and Cartagena before moving permanently to Betis in 2009, making his senior debut with the Spanish club in October 2010.

A Liverpool statement read: 'Liverpool Football Club was today saddened to hear news that former player Miki Roque has lost his battle with cancer aged 23.

'Everyone at Liverpool Football Club would like to send their thoughts to Miki's family at this sad time.'

Eric Abidal could play again, says surgeon

Abidal could play again, insists surgeon after liver transplant

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10:54 GMT, 31 May 2012

Barcelona defender Eric Abidal could return to football after his liver transplant.

The France international, 32, had surgery to remove a tumour from his liver last year, but after returning to play again, was forced to undergo a transplant in April with part of an organ donated by his cousin.

Recovery: Abidal could return to football after his liver transplant

Recovery: Abidal could return to football after his liver transplant

'It's up to him. I wouldn't stop him. Time will tell,' his surgeon Juan Carlos Garcia-Valdecasas was quoted as telling Spanish television station TV3 on Thursday.

'If Eric responds well, there is no reason why he shouldn't.

'The liver is an organ that regenerates in three months. Abidal has to recover little by little, but between three and six months, or up to a year after the intervention, the patient is able to have a normal life.

Silerware: Abidal's shirt was paraded on the King's Cup trophy

Silerware: Abidal's shirt was paraded on the King's Cup trophy

'He is always in high spirits. He is a very positive character, it is tremendous. He has never complained about anything.'

The Barcelona squad draped a shirt with his name on the King's Cup trophy after beating Athletic Bilbao on Friday.

West Ham youngster Dylan Tombides fighting cancer

I just said: Dad, could this kill me Hammers kid Dylan relives his 10-month hell fighting cancer

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22:01 GMT, 29 May 2012

Each morning around nine o’clock, Dylan Tombides crawls out of bed, walks to the bathroom in a sleepy fog and looks into the mirror.

Staring back at the young West Ham striker is a thick, 12-inch scar running from the centre of his chest to his belly button.

That’s when the flashbacks begin, taking this 18-year-old professional footballer back to the moment he wondered whether he would ever pull on the famous claret and blue again.

Hammer blow: Dylan Tombides is keen to get his promising career back on track after almost a year battling cancer

Hammer blow: Dylan Tombides is keen to get his promising career back on track after almost a year battling cancer

Already a regular goalscorer in the reserves, Tombides was looking forward to pre-season training with the Hammers’ first team after playing for Australia in the Under 17 World Cup in Mexico last summer.

He was in Cancun for a few days ‘chilling out with the old man’ when he took the telephone call that ripped his life apart.

A random drugs test, taken after his team were beaten 4-0 by Uzbekistan, had uncovered a tumour on one of his testicles.

Tombides was 17, tipped for the top by academy director Tony Carr and had already made the first-team bench for a Barclays Premier League game.

Trembling with fear and feeling faint, he turned to his father, Jimmy: ‘Dad, could this kill me’ His face went white.

‘I was 17, a young man and I had never come across cancer,’ he admitted at the family home a short walk from West Ham’s training ground. ‘All I was thinking about was getting in the West Ham team and taking my driving test.’

Promising career: Tombides was making strides in West Ham youth team

Part of the team: Tombides made the first team squad at Upton Park

Making good progress: Tombides made his way in the West Ham youth team and then went on to make the first team squad

This is the story of surgery and endless courses of chemotherapy. But when we meet, Tombides bounces around the family home, putting wax in his hair for the photographs (and the girls) and squirming with embarrassment when mum Tracylee tries to give her son a kiss on the cheek.

‘I didn’t really understand what was going on at the time,’ he said. ‘All I ever wanted to be was a top professional footballer with West Ham. I copped one in my groin against Brazil at the World Cup and I knew that I had a problem, but I had no idea it was cancer.

‘It was only when I took the phone call in Cancun that I realised just how serious the condition was. I had the blood tests and CT scans when I got back to England and they told me I needed to have a testicle removed immediately.

Early mementos: Tomnides kept his early West Ham and Australia shirts and has a signed shirt by cyclist Lance Armstrong

Early mementos: Tomnides kept his early West Ham and Australia shirts and has a signed shirt by cyclist Lance Armstrong

‘I just accepted it. I mean, it was hurting me so much anyway it seemed sensible.’

All he could think about was getting back on to the football field, joining the Hammers in their promotion push and putting the ball in the back of the net again.

The club’s chief executive Karren Brady called his mum to offer her support and his team-mates stood shoulder-to-shoulder with him throughout the traumatic days ahead.

He had a 45-minute procedure, but that was just the start. Tombides spent weeks at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, falling in and out of consciousness while his mum, dad and younger brother Taylor, who is also at West Ham, sat by his bedside each night.

Tracylee said: ‘It was a period of helplessness. As a parent we wanted to protect our kids, but we had no control.

Family support: Tombides has had the support of his dad Jim, brother Taylor and mum Tracylee

Family support: Tombides has had the support of his dad Jim, brother Taylor and mum Tracylee

‘I often thought cancer would happen in the lives of our family at some point, but not my kids.’

Some days Tombides would be in hospital, hooked up to the chemotherapy lines for seven hours, with tubes connected to him so that he could barely move.

‘I’d wake up for 15 minutes and I would be exhausted. They would give me anti-sickness tablets and I would think I’d only been sick a couple of times in the night.

Then Mum would look at me and put me right — it was more like seven or eight.

‘There were times when I would just look at Mum and tell her, “I don’t want the chemo any more, I will live with the cancer”. That’s how I felt at times.

‘It took five to 10 days to bounce back from each chemo blast and there is no trick to dealing with it.

‘My team-mates wanted to visit me but I told them not to because I couldn’t stay awake for longer than 15 minutes and couldn’t always remember what was happening.’

Fighter: Tombides wants to get back on the pitch

Fighter: Tombides wants to get back on the pitch

When he was allowed out of hospital for a few days, there were times when he would make the short walk to the training ground, popping in to see the players for lunch before he went back to bed for the afternoon.

It lifted his spirits and the players responded, wearing T-shirts in his honour before West Ham’s home game with Nottingham Forest in January.

Then he had to have another operation after doctors discovered a four-inch blood clot on his abdomen and cancer cells on his lymph nodes.

‘I spent 11 days in hospital after that and it wasn’t pleasant. I woke up to a huge scar and couldn’t use my core muscles for weeks.

‘I had to work out how to roll in and out of bed because it was so painful and it was weeks before I was allowed to do any exercise.

‘I just wanted to play football again, but there was so much scar tissue I had to be careful. I spent a lot of time on the exercise bike or in the swimming pool, not rushing anything.’

He is full of enthusiasm now, enjoying his freedom and his football after returning to training this week. He will have another nine monthly blood tests before he can be given the all-clear, a date circled in the family diary as he focuses on the future.

West Ham’s physio Jon Urwin, who ran the London Marathon last month in aid of Children with Cancer, has been with him throughout, talking to him about his future and his plans for the summer, which he will spend training at Chadwell Heath as he targets a squad number under Sam Allardyce next season.

He added: ‘It has been a long process, but all I ever wanted to do was play football again.’

After 10 months out of action, he is determined to take his second chance.

Eric Abidal out of hospital

Abidal out of hospital! Former Barca star on the mend six weeks after liver transplant

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UPDATED:

09:11 GMT, 22 May 2012

Retired former Barcelona and France defender Eric Abidal has been released from hospital, six weeks after a liver transplant.

Abidal was told he needed the operation earlier this year, almost 12 months after surgery to remove a tumour.

The player's cousin supplied the donor organ and Abidal went through the procedure last month.

Recovery: Eric Abidal has been released from hospital after his liver transplant

Recovery: Eric Abidal has been released from hospital after his liver transplant

Barcelona's medical services released a statement, saying: 'Given the particulars of his recovery process, Abidal will have to undergo a number of hospital check-ups.'

Abidal missed just a few weeks of football after his first operation last year but he has been forced to hang up his boots since his transplant.

Eric Abidal to undergo liver transplant

Brave Barca defender Abidal to undergo liver transplant

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13:33 GMT, 15 March 2012

Battle: Abidal will undergo a liver transplant

Battle: Abidal will undergo a liver transplant

Barcelona have announced that defender Eric Abidal will have a liver transplant in the coming weeks.

The France international was diagnosed with liver cancer in March 2011.

And just two-and-a-half months after undergoing a three-hour operation to remove the tumour the left-back played the full 90 minutes in the Champions League final win over Manchester United at Wembley.

The club statement said: 'Given the development of his medical condition, Abidal will undergo a liver transplant in the following weeks.

'The transplant is an option that has been considered since the beginning of his treatment, one year ago.

'At the express wish of the player, the club requested the utmost respect for the right to privacy and confidentiality.'

Barcelona did not give any indication of for how long Abidal would be out of action.

He has started 20 Primera Division games this term, although he has not played since suffering a hip injury playing for France in their friendly win over Germany at the start of the month.

Brave: Abidal was diagnosed with cancer last year

Brave: Abidal was diagnosed with cancer last year

Abidal's Barcelona team-mate Gerard Pique backed the Frenchman to return stronger than ever.
He posted on his Twitter account: 'And you will return as always, still the best! You are an example for all! animoabidal.'

Abidal missed just seven weeks following his surgery last year, returning to the team for the end-of-season run-in with a number of substitute appearances, although his only start was in the Champions League final when he was given the honour of lifting the trophy.

The Catalan giants have 12 games left to play this season in the Primera Division and are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

He'll be back: Barca team-mate pique has taken to Twitter to lend his support

He'll be back: Barca team-mate pique has taken to Twitter to lend his support