Marc Bartra stronger after life-threatening attack

Marc Bartra may have won five La Liga titles and two Uefa Champions League trophies with his former club Barcelona but the Borussia Dortmund defender does not see any of these triumphs as his greatest achievements.

“Playing football again after hitting rock bottom,” he once told a Twitter follower when he was asked.

“It’s the greatest triumph I can have and I achieve it every day I put my boots on.”

Earlier this year Bartra was in the Dortmund team bus ahead of a Champions League clash against Monaco. The match had to be postponed as the bus was hit by three explosions.

Bartra was left injured from the attack.

“When the attack happened, I thought I’d never play again. In the first five, ten minutes, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t hear anything,” he revealed.

He has since had surgery on his wrist and returned to action in the yellow and black colours of Dortmund.

“When the doctor told me after the operation that everything would be fine and that I would be able to play again in a month, it was incredible and the very best news. I now feel stronger today than I did before,” says Bartra.

Last Saturday he scored in his side’s 3-0 win over Wolfsburg and will be looking to help his side continue with the good start to the season.

Dortmund is at home against Hertha on Saturday, 26 August, live and exclusively on StarSat channel 245 (World Football).

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This weekend’s Bundesliga schedule is as follows:

  • August 25 at 20:30: 1. FC Köln vs Hamburger SV on channel 245 (World Football).
  • August 26 at 15:30: SV Werder Bremen vs FC Bayern München on channel 245 (World Football).
  • August 26 at 15:30: Eintracht Frankfurt vs VfL Wolfsburg on channel 246 (Sports Premium).
  • August 26 at 15:30: Augsburg vs Borussia Mönchengladbach on channel 241 (Sports Arena).
  • August 26 at 15:30: VfB Stuttgart vs 1.FSV Mainz 05 on channel 243 (Sports Life).
  • August 26 at 15:30: Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on channel 240 (Sports Focus).
  • August 26 at 18:30: Borussia Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin on channel 245 (World Football).
  • August 27 at 15:30: RB Leipzig vs Sport-Club Freiburg on channel 245 (World Football).
  • August 27 at 18:00: Hannover 96 vs FC Schalke 04 on channel 245 (World Football).