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Despite the fact he is currently recovering from major surgery, Barca's left-back has been named in the squad which is to be involved in their European campaign

Barcelona have included full-back Eric Abidal in their 25 man Champions League squad, even though the Frenchman is still recovering from a liver transplant.

The Frenchman has made remarkable strides in his recovery and the club are hopeful that he may well play a part in the competition.

Eighteen-year-old prospect Gerard Deulofeu has also been named, while new signing Alex Song is included, along with Cristian Tello, who was linked with a move away from the club over the summer.

David Villa is also handed a place after recovering from a broken leg which kept him out of football for eight months.

Full squad list:

Name
Goalkeepers:
Victor Valdes
Pinto
Olazabal
Defenders:
Daniel Alves
Gerard Pique
Carles Puyol
Marc Bartra
Jordi Alba
Martin Montoya
Eric Abidal
Fontas
Sergi Gomez
Planas
Midfielders:
Cesc Fabregas
Xavi Hernandez
Andres Iniesta
Thiago Alcantara
Jonathan Dos Santos
Javier Mascherano
Sergio Busquets
Adriano
Alex Song
Sergi Roberto
Rafinha
Forwards:
David Villa
Alexis Sanchez
Lionel Messi
Pedro Rodriguez
Isaac Cuenca
Gerard Deulofeu
Tello

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