“I have just been told that the operation is almost finished and the next few hours will be critical,” said Guardiola, who was speaking after his side had beaten Getafe 4-0 in their league match.
“It was a very very long operation and we must be very cautious.”
The 32-year-old defender – who received a moving tribute from the fans at the Getafe match in the 22nd minute the same number as his squad shirt – was to receive a liver donated by his cousin Gerard.
Barcelona announced March 15 that he would have a liver transplant “in the coming weeks”, nearly a year after the player had a tumor removed from the same organ.
The club did not give any indication of how long he would be out of action.
Shortly after the club made the announcement, Guardiola said he was confident that Abidal would return to the pitch after getting a new liver.
“I am sure he will return. Not having him available to play is not what is important. He is irreplaceable for us. We don’t have a substitute. He gives us an infinite range of possibilities,” Guardiola said.
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