Eric Abidal's future at Barcelona will be analysed after his surgery - Josep Maria Bartomeu

Barca are pondering over defender's long-term future, says vice-president
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.

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 the club "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 Lyon 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 Fontas, who has already featured for the former European champions this season.

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