Discussion in 'Football Forum' started by Zebs, Mar 15, 2011.
Very sad news indeed. Hope he recovers soon..
What's so funny?
It's Keita in the picture.
What picture? I don't see any picture apart from the one in which Pep is hugging Abidal.
May be something's gone wrong with the picture. Anyway, I see..
Plenty of people manage to live a decent a life after a transplant too.I prefer to be optimistic about these things than feel already sorry
Thanks for explaining, sounds terrible. Best of luck to him
Yeah AS had published a story on Abidal needing a transplant but used a pic of Keita....It was quickly pulled
Sent from Abidal's vigil
Real shame for the guy.
His playing career is over for sure. Can't play again after such a serious transplant at age 33. Horrible to see but his health and being with his family are all that really matter
Good luck to him. I hope the transplant goes well and he makes a successful recovery. Not sure if he can play on after this but in the grand scheme of things a healthy life matters more.
Really sad to hear this. Barca will surely miss him. Do they have already someone in mind to replace him or will Adriano be able to do that?
Cracking player, quietly goes about his business and allows the "names" at Barcelona to get on with their jobs. It's a real shame that anyone could have such health issues, especially when they're at the top of their personal game playing in one of the best sides you will ever see. Really horrible news.
Have to agree with Adam-Utd that he always came across as a true professional, rarely in the press and was very effective at his job.
One of the biggest compliments you can pay him is that despite his similar problems last season, he recovered from those to become one of, maybe the most, important defensive players in their team. He came back even stronger and has had an excellent season IMO.
The liver transplant didn't kill Steve Jobs. Also, Abidal is a professional athlete, which improves his odds significantly. There's every reason to be optimistic about him living a happy, healthy life at this stage.
Good luck Eric
Regardless of how good it is, with something like 13% of all transplants failing and 58% survival rate for 15+ years, it's still a more than likely to force him into retirement.
Pardon for being an asshole but "so what ?".It ain't like he was a unique talent setting the world alight.He's a decent/good footballer but if he has to retire, life still goes on
As was speculated when the press statement talked about surgery in the "next few weeks" - it looks as if Abidal has a friend who is willing to donate part of his liver for the transplant.
On the "will he play again" issue, the Spanish surgeons say it's unlikely, because while sport is OK, contact sport isn't - a blow in the area of the new liver being potentially very dangerous.
For the medically curious, what the doctors do say though is that he's got a good chance of a near normal life after the transplant - though of course, all cases are different. He's young and fit and obviously very resilient. If it all goes well, he (and his donor friend) will feel back to something like normal health with their livers up to full size and function after about 3 months.
Can't he just wear some kind of girdle? Same company that makes the Cech helmets can branch out.
Sad news this. Must be a difficult time for him and his family. I hope he recovers soon, best of luck.
I change my stance a little.I hope he is also ok, if he has to retire due to this in order to stay healthy then so be it.Health before anything else but it'll be nice to see him play again
Playing again is out of the question I'm afraid, it would be too much of a risk of him getting hit in the liver area in a contact sport like football. All the best for the guy and hope he manages to get all healthy again, because that's the most important thing. Seems like a very good lad aswell.
will never play again unfortunately. thats whats going around anyway.
It's a shame that he's probably never going to play again. Obviously, it's the least of his worries now but it's a shame nevertheless.
At least he has been able to have his peak years as a player though, and of course he had the honour of lifting the Champions League trophy last year as well for his side.
Once again, wish him the best of luck.
Odds are heavily stacked against him making a return, I just hope he is able to live a normal life
It's strange, he really blossomed into an awesome LB for us...He was good early but he definitely got better and better as time went on...In fact, just ahead of the decline in his health last season, he was the team's elite defender...I never felt any unease with him back there, I knew he wouldn't error...Plus, his game going forward was really coming on...He was never going to be Dani Alves but that aspect of his game remarkably matured
Then the liver...Really popular player off the pitch and thankfully him & his family love living in Catalunya
Irreplaceable for all that he brings, no LB they pick up will avoid the team from an overall dropoff...As vital as Puyol
Possibly last time training with the team
who will replace him?
For tomorrow?...Puyol probably...Going forward?...Alba is supposedly in the bag but he'll merely be a like for like swap for Adriano who may be headed to Germany...I don't know really...Eric was a bit unique in what he could bring...Rumours of Fuchs and Siqueira
The Spanish press (not confirmed by Abidal's family or Barcelona but as has been predicted for the past couple of weeks) are reporting that he's gone into hospital for the operation. It's believed that his cousin is the live donor.
Good luck to them both.
Yep, his cousin Gerard is the live donor...Operation is today
Good luck to both of them.
His cousin's got better taste in music!
Best of luck to both of them. Big op for both.
Both are out of surgery, medical report tomorrow
Best of luck to them both
Guardiola said last night after the game that they know he's strong and that the doctors are excellent, so they have faith that it will turn out well, but that for now they have to wait and hope, as the next few days are critical.
Rosell has told a Catalan radio station this morning that Abidal and his cousin are doing well, recovering from the operation in the intensive care unit, and that the club won't say much more out of respect for the family's wishes.
Club kept a tight lid on info, particularly well, last season with his condition...He has a long road ahead and I doubt if the club is going to release many particulars
First 1-3 days are critical but even months or years from now he will have potential dangers awaiting him that need immediate attention
Madrid fan who knows everything about Barcelona's players, hmm. I know.
^hahah....who messed with his name?
Bwahahahahah, just noticed his name
Apparently just retired
Shame if it's true but it seemed inevitable. Hopefully he can focus on fully recovering now, knowing that he managed to have a very good career in the end.
Wish him the best in whatever he does next.
Still had a couple more season in him as he was flourishing in his CB role.
Shame but a brilliant career anyways.
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