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Player injured as Dortmund team bus hit by three blasts


By Jim Gracey

Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra last night underwent an operation on a broken wrist after a bomb attack on the team bus ahead of their Champions League match against Monaco.

The match was postponed and has been rescheduled for 5.45pm today.

German police said the bus was hit by three blasts from devices planted in bushes at the roadside, close to the team's hotel as they travelled to the Westfalenstadion.

Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki was sat alongside Spanish international Bartra (right) in the back row of the coach and told reporters that players were "hit by fragments" after the explosion.

"The bus turned into the main street, when there was a huge boom, a real explosion," Burki said.

"I was sitting in the back row next to Marc Bartra, hit by fragments ... after the bang, we all ducked."

Buerki explained that Bartra was hit by shards of glass from the broken back window.

He said players ducked for cover, wondering if there would be more explosions and added that police were at the scene quickly.

"We're all shocked. Nobody thought about a football match in the minutes after that," he added.

Bartra (26) joined the club from Barcelona last year.

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