Marc Bartra: Borussia Dortmund Defender Injured In Bus Explosions Undergoes Operation

Marc Bartra
Marc Bartra at Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Madrid, Spain, December 6, 2016. Bartra was injured during a bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Marc Bartra has undergone surgery after being injured during a bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus, the club has confirmed.

Bartra, a Spanish international, was the only player injured in the incident that took place between the team’s hotel and the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday night, when three explosions went off around the bus.

The 26-year-old defender broke his radial bone in his arm and suffered lacerations to his right hand, Dortmund has said, as a result of the smashed windows on the bus.

Bartra was with the Dortmund team on its way to the first leg of a Champions League quarterfinal tie with Monaco, but the game was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday at 5.45pm local time due to the attack.

“We’re all in shock and our thoughts are with Marc,” Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer said. “We hope that he will make a speedy recovery.”

Bartra is in his first season at the Bundesliga club having joined from Spanish side Barcelona last summer on a four-year deal worth a reported £6.2 million (about $7.75 million).

He has been a key figure in Thomas Tuchel’s defense this season, featuring in 29 matches for the team in all competitions.

Bartra, who has represented Spain on 12 occasions, is the product of Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy, making his way into the B team before breaking into Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad in 2010.

But Guardiola’s departure in 2012 saw Bartra fall down the order of preference under his successor Tito Vilanova and then Luis Enrique, leading him to make the move to Dortmund last summer.

Bartra’s injury is not expected to be career threatening but, depending on the severity of the broken bone, he may be out for the rest of the Bundesliga season.