Footballer Marc Bartra has been released from hospital after undergoing surgery in the aftermath of Tuesday's bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.

The Spanish defender required an operation to correct a broken wrist and remove what the club described as "sprinklings of debris" in his arm caused by three explosions that hit the bus as it transported the team to the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Monaco.

Manager Thomas Tuchel subsequently revealed that Bartra would be sidelined for approximately four weeks, although claimed that he would like to play again already if he could. Dortmund have now confirmed that the 26-year-old has been discharged.

Speaking about the harrowing incident via Instagram yesterday, Bartra said that the "the pain, the panic and the uncertainty of not knowing what was going on, or how long it would last" caused the "longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life".

Alongside a picture of himself in hospital with his family, he wrote: "They are my everything, the reason I struggle to overcome obstacles and this has been the worst of my life, an experience I would not want anyone in this world [to have]."

He added: "I think the shock is decreasing more and more and, at the same time, it adds to the desire to live, to fight, to work, to laugh, to cry, to feel, to love, to believe, to play, to train, to continue to enjoy my people, loved ones, companions, my passion, to defend, to smell the grass as I do before the game starts and motivate me. The only thing I ask is for everyone to live in peace and to leave behind the wars.

"These days when I look at my wrist, swollen and badly wounded, you know what I feel? Pride. I look at it proudly, thinking all the damage they wanted to do to us on Tuesday stayed in this. Thanks to the doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and people who helped me recover.

"To the thousands and thousands of people, media, organisations of all kinds, the club and colleagues, who have given me your support and affection – as small as it may be – has filled me with incredible strength to continue on and on. I needed to write and unburden myself and to settle everything so I can just think about getting 100% as soon as possible."

The security presence around the Westfalenstadion was said to be very high on Saturday as Die Schwarzgelben returned to Bundesliga action with a 3-1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt secured courtesy of goals from the fit-again Marcos Reus, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Dortmund's players paid tribute to Bartra after the full-time whistle.

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Borussia Dortmund show support for Marc Bartra during Wednesday's rearranged meeting with Monaco Reuters

Hoy he vuelto a recibir en el hospital la visita que más feliz me hace. Ellas son mi todo, la razón por la que lucho para superar siempre los obstáculos y este ha sido el peor de mi vida, una experiencia que no desearía a nadie en este mundo. El dolor, el pánico y la incerteza de no saber lo que estaba pasando, ni cuánto tiempo duraría... fueron los 15 minutos más largos y duros de mi vida. A todo esto os quiero decir, que creo que el shock de estos días va disminuyendo cada vez más y a la vez se suman las ganas de vivir, de luchar, de trabajar, de reír, de llorar, de sentir, de querer, de creer, de jugar, de entrenar, de seguir disfrutando de mi gente, seres queridos, compañeros, de mi pasión, de defender, de oler el césped como hago antes de que empiece el partido y motivarme. De ver las gradas llenas de personas que aman nuestra profesión, gente buena que sólo quiere que le hagamos sentir emociones para olvidarse del mundo y sobre todo de este mundo en el que vivimos, cada vez más loco. Lo único que pido, LO ÚNICO, es que vivamos TODOS en paz y dejemos atrás las guerras. Estos días cuando me miro la muñeca, hinchada y malherida, sabéis qué siento? Orgullo. La miro orgulloso pensando en que todo el daño que querían hacernos el martes, se quedó en esto. Gracias a los doctores, enfermeras, fisioterapeutas y personas que me ayudan a recuperar y que la muñeca quede perfecta. A las miles y miles de personas, medios, organizaciones de todo tipo, el BVB y compañeros, que me habéis hecho llegar vuestro apoyo y cariño. Por pequeño que sea, me ha llenado increíblemente de fuerzas para seguir SIEMPRE adelante. Necesitaba escribir y desahogarme y así zanjar todo para ya solo pensar en ponerme al 100% lo más pronto posible! Un saludo muy grande! Marc 💛

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