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Barcelona defender thanks all those that showed their support in his recovery from surgery to remove a tumor and targets Wembley glory

Barcelona’s Eric Abidal returned to the field for the closing minutes of the Catalan club’s 1-1 draw against Real Madrid that saw them through to the Champions League final 3-1 on aggregate.

The Frenchman, who was sidelined after requiring surgery on a liver tumour in mid-March, as he completed his recovery with a cameo role in Tuesday night's Clasico.

Speaking to the press after the game, Abidal said, “It was a very important moment for me; I've worked hard to get back. I’ve had three very difficult weeks but these things happen in life. The most important thing is to fight. "

His recovery was thought to have been speedy, but the defender revealed he had been eyeing a return in the semi-final against rivals Madrid: “Each player has their own goals, and mine was to play in this match.

"I have many feelings about returning. I’ve seen people here I love, and they have helped me and the entire team.”

The veteran spoke with enthusiasm about the upcoming final at Wembley and explained that reclaiming Europe is the club's main goal.

“I think, for me, this was the best win. If we can go onto win it will be very nice," he concluded.

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