Footballer Marc Bartra has been released from hospital after undergoing surgery in the aftermath of Tuesday's bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.
The Spanish defender required an operation to correct a broken wrist and remove what the club described as "sprinklings of debris" in his arm caused by three explosions that hit the bus as it transported the team to the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Monaco.
Manager Thomas Tuchel subsequently revealed that Bartra would be sidelined for approximately four weeks, although claimed that he would like to play again already if he could. Dortmund have now confirmed that the 26-year-old has been discharged.
Speaking about the harrowing incident via Instagram yesterday, Bartra said that the "the pain, the panic and the uncertainty of not knowing what was going on, or how long it would last" caused the "longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life".
Alongside a picture of himself in hospital with his family, he wrote: "They are my everything, the reason I struggle to overcome obstacles and this has been the worst of my life, an experience I would not want anyone in this world [to have]."
He added: "I think the shock is decreasing more and more and, at the same time, it adds to the desire to live, to fight, to work, to laugh, to cry, to feel, to love, to believe, to play, to train, to continue to enjoy my people, loved ones, companions, my passion, to defend, to smell the grass as I do before the game starts and motivate me. The only thing I ask is for everyone to live in peace and to leave behind the wars.
"These days when I look at my wrist, swollen and badly wounded, you know what I feel? Pride. I look at it proudly, thinking all the damage they wanted to do to us on Tuesday stayed in this. Thanks to the doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and people who helped me recover.
"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. I needed to write and unburden myself and to settle everything so I can just think about getting 100% as soon as possible."
The security presence around the Westfalenstadion was said to be very high on Saturday as Die Schwarzgelben returned to Bundesliga action with a 3-1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt secured courtesy of goals from the fit-again Marcos Reus, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Dortmund's players paid tribute to Bartra after the full-time whistle.
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