Sebastien Haller has resumed training with Borussia Dortmund after a six-month battle against testicular cancer.
Haller, 28, was given the diagnosis shortly after signing for Dortmund in July on the back of a 34-goal campaign with Ajax. After feeling unwell during BVB’s pre-season tour of Switzerland, he underwent tests which revealed a malignant tumour.
The Ivorian underwent two surgeries and chemotherapy in the ensuing months, before getting the green light to link back up with his teammates on their return to training on 2 January 2023.
“Hello guys, I’m finally back,”
“It wasn’t easy, but with your support was better and easier to do. So I’m just looking forward to seeing you in the stadium for some victories.”
Haller will initially undertake strength and conditioning work, as well as some light ball drills, with a view to making his competitive comeback – and long-awaited Dortmund debut – during the second half of the 2022/23 campaign.
“It’s very positive for everyone that he is back,”
“We gave him the best possible support as a club, but, at the end of the day, it was down to his great efforts.”Commented Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl.