Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Wounded Bartra says blasts 'hardest 15 minutes' of his life

Wounded Bartra says blasts 'hardest 15 minutes' of his life

Borussia Dortmund player Marc Bartra has written about his recovery from Tuesday's bomb attack on the team bus, saying he would not "want anyone in this world" to experience what he did.

Bartra was hurt by flying glass and had to undergo a wrist operation, taking him out of action for four weeks.

Three explosions went off near a bus carrying Borussia Dortmund players as it was on its way to a home match against Monaco in the Champions League.

Germany has issued an arrest warrant for a 26-year-old Iraqi national with suspected links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, who is being held in connection with a bomb attack on a popular football team, prosecutors said yesterday.

"The pain, the panic, and the uncertainty of not knowing what was going on, nor how long it would last. they were the longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life", the Spain global wrote on Instagram on Friday.

'To all this I would like to say, that I think the shock of these days is decreasing all the time, and the will to live increases, to fight, work, and smile; to cry, feel, love, believe, play, train, and continue enjoying with my people, loved beings, friends, my passion, to defend, to smell the grass as I do before I play a match to motivate me. He had a cast on most of his right arm and around his left wrist.

Dortmund's current coach, Thomas Tuchel, said his team had felt ignored by UEFA over the decision to reschedule the match so quickly, though the European governing body responded that neither team had objected to playing the game.

"The only thing I ask is for everyone to live in peace and to leave behind the wars".

"I was really proud of Borussia Dortmund. I feel pride, thinking that all the harm they wanted to do to us on Tuesday led to nothing worse than that".

'Thanks to the doctors, medics, physios and people that helped me recuperate, the wrist is still flawless.

"To the thousands and thousands of people, media, organisations of all kinds, the club and colleagues, who have given me your support and affection - as small as it may be - has filled me with incredible strength to continue on and on".

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