The head coach has no intention to rush the French defender's comeback, while also praising Alexis Sanchez for his humble attitude
There were initially fears that the Frenchman would be forced to hang up his boots due to his health situation, but Abidal is determined to regain match fitness, and playmaker Xavi revealed earlier this week that the 33-year-old could make his comeback in November.
"I have already said before that we’ll wait however long we have to for him," Vilanova said at a press conference.
"He’s taking steps but he still many more to go. We’re talking about an exceptional case and his recovery will mark his return to the team."
The Barca coach also took the time to praise Alexis Sanchez for his humble attitude.
The Chile international recently stated that he would give himself five out of 10 since his move from Udinese to Barca, but Vilanova feels the attacker has done a better job than that.
He added: "Alexis is a humble and generous player. He’s much more than a five."
The 23-year-old has made six official appearances for Barcelona this term, but has yet to find the net.