Marc Bartra returns to training after recovering from injury sustained in terrorist attack
A welcome return.
Spain and Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra has returned to training a month after being injured in a terrorist attack on his club’s bus.
I've been looking forward to this moment for weeks! So happy to be here today. Can't wait to compete again next to my team mates!! C'mon!! pic.twitter.com/DZ0flQr6Tc— Marc Bartra (@MarcBartra) May 10, 2017
The 26-year-old had to have surgery on a broken bone in his wrist following the attack in April, and he’s been warmly welcomed back by his teammates and fans.
Guess who's back!? pic.twitter.com/jRqjw1aoR0— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) May 10, 2017
We're so proud of you :') #FuerzaMarc— Raphaël (@RaphaelChantre) May 10, 2017
Happy Marc - happy Team - happy Fans— Hanna Reichert (@HexeHanna8) May 10, 2017
Bartra was the only player seriously injured in the attack, which happened as the team travelled to host Monaco in the Champions League at the Wesfalenstadion – a policeman was also hurt.
The attack is believed to have been financially motivated – a 28-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of attacking the bus was found to have taken out a five-figure loan to bet on a drop in the club’s share price.
Since the attack Bartra has been cataloguing much of his recovery on Twitter.
I keep working to achieve my goal. Have a nice Sunday! Vamos! pic.twitter.com/EIvBwzF0Ew— Marc Bartra (@MarcBartra) May 7, 2017
Now back in team training, Bartra is hoping to compete again with his team soon. Dortmund face Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup DFB-Pokal final in two weeks, and currently sit in third in the Bundesliga behind RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich – who are 10 points clear at the top.
The centre-back joined the German club in 2016 from Barcelona after nine years with the Spanish giants – having played in their youth system.