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Thumbs up from Marc Bartra as defiant victim of Dortmund team bus bomb attack tells of ‘the worst 15 minutes of my life’

By Jim Gracey

Borussia Dortmund team bus attack victim Marc Bartra has described the bombing in which he was injured as the worst experience of his life.

The 26-year-old is still in hospital recovering from an operation on a broken wrist sustained in the explosion, which is set to sideline him for four weeks.

Bartra was the only player to receive serious injuries in the blast, which happened on Tuesday night as the team travelled to their Westfalenstadion for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Monaco.

He spoke publicly for the first time since the attack after a visit from his family to hospital yesterday.

"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 wrote.

"The pain, the panic and the uncertainty of not knowing what was going on, or how long it would last... were the longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life.

"I think that 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 that all the damage they wanted to do to us on Tuesday stayed in this injury.

"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.

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