After the dreadful result last night it is great to receive the fantastic news today that Eric Abidal has been given the green light to return to action. The French defender last played for the first team in the 1-2 away win at Atlético Madrid on February 26, 2012. He underwent a liver transplant on April 10, 2012 and since then he has had a long hard road to get back to full fitness. His recovery is a marvellous feat both of medical science and of the player’s will. Welcome back Abi!