Bartra updates fans after successful wrist surgery
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 8:33
Meanwhile, teenager Kylian Mbappe scored twice Wednesday to give Monaco a 3-2 win at Borussia in the Champions League quarterfinal first-leg match that was postponed following the bus attack.
The 26-year-old centre-back was hit by flying glass after three explosions shattered windows on the Dortmund team bus en route to Signal Iduna Park for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first-leg.
Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel is angry at UEFA for making them play AS Monaco less than a full day after their team bus was targeted in a bomb attack.
The explosions severely damaged the bus, and Marc Bartra underwent surgery after breaking a bone in his wrist.
Tuchel admits his side felt "powerless" about the rescheduling of the match, saying the decision was made in Switzerland where UEFA are based.
"The decision to play the match today at 18.45 [local time] was made last night at BVB stadium in cooperation and complete agreement with clubs and authorities", Uefa communications director Pedro Pinto told the Associated Press (AP).
"I know that the football is very important, that it is about a lot and I knew we have to deliver here". Despite the fact that Dortmund managed to keep the tie alive after a slow start, the reaction of the Dortmund players afterward is evidence that they should not have been forced to play the game less than 24 hours after the attack.
"We left it open to every player if he wants to play", he added.
"It's hard to talk about, it's hard to find the right words".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "horrified" by the "repugnant act" and that she is hoping for a "peaceful and good game" when the two teams meet (Wednesday) for the rescheduled match. But one shouldn't forget that we are human beings. There's still a match to play.
Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin was among those who admitted his focus was not on the game, but former Ireland defender Keane insisted the game should have been played.
"Last night, I didn't realise what happened until my wife and son were waiting in front of the door and there I felt how lucky we were", he recalled.
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"I don't know if the people can understand this but, until I was on the pitch in the second half, I didn't think about football".