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Dortmund's Bartra has operation on broken bone after being hit by blast debris
Goalkeeper Roman Burki has described what happened and given some information on team-mate Marc Bartra.

Updated 08.30

GOALKEEPER ROMAN BURKI has said his Borussia Dortmund team-mate Marc Bartra was hit by flying glass after explosions rocked the team bus forcing Tuesday’s Champions League game against Monaco to be called off.

The 26-year-old Bartra injured his hand and was taken to hospital for treatment after three explosions hit the bus en route to the stadium for the quarter-final first leg match.

A statement from the club says the defender underwent an operation last night “after breaking the radial bone in his arm and getting bits of debris lodged in his hand”.

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

The game has been rescheduled for 5.45pm on Wednesday.

“The bus turned into the main road, when there was a huge noise, a big explosion,” Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Burki told Swiss media.

After the explosion, we all crouched down in the bus. Anyone who could lay down on the floor. We did not know if more would come.”

Burki said Bartra was “hit by splinters of broken glass”.

The explosions came shortly after 1900 local time on Wittbraeucker Strasse, around ten kilometres from the Dortmund stadium Signal Iduna Park.

According to police, three explosive devices were detonated near the team bus while it was en route. Several of the vehicles’ window panes were broken.

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