Bartra feared for his career

Dortmund's Spanish defender Marc Bartra during the German first division Bundesliga football match. File Photo: AFP

In a recent interview with Kicker, Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra has revealed that he thought he would not be able to play again.

The defender feared for his career after the attack on Bourussa Dortmund’s team bus ahead of their Champions League clash with Monaco in April.

Bartra was the only player significantly injured in the three explosions that damaged the vehicle and he later underwent surgery on his right wrist.

The 26-year-old returned to action against Werder Bremen in the final day of the Bundesliga season and felt the incident could have forced him into retiring from football.

"When the attack happened, I thought I would never be able to play again," Bartra told Kicker after Dortmund's DFB-Pokal final win against Eintracht Frankfurt.

"I could not move in the first five or 10 minutes and I could not hear anything.

"When the doctor told me after the surgery that everything was going well and I was going to be able to play again in a month, that was indescribable and the most beautiful news.

"I feel stronger today than ever before. I was very sad that such a thing could happen - it was a few damn difficult weeks - but now we can all enjoy this victory."

Bartra also backed his coach Thomas Tuchel, who might leave Dortmund after reported disagreements with the board.

"We might not have been so consistent in the Bundesliga, but we played well in the Champions League and won the cup.

"I can only use good words about Thomas Tuchel. Thanks to him I could play at a high level. I think he did a good job in general," the defender concluded.


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