Sebastien Haller Plays First Game in Dortmund Shirt After Cancer Battle
- Sébastien Haller made his return to the pitch for Dortmund after his testicular cancer diagnosis
- After undergoing a bout of chemotherapy for a testicular tumour, he also underwent surgery
- Haller signed for Dortmund in July 2022 and didn't play a professional game for the side before taking ill
Sebastien Haller featured for Borussia Dortmund in a friendly game against Fortuna Duesseldorf on Tuesday in Marbella.
The Ivory Coast international was subbed on in the latter stages of the second half in Dortmund's 5-1 victory.
According to ESPN, it was the first time the 28-year-old has played for the Black and Yellow, with his cancer diagnosis coming just days after he signed with the club from Dutch team Ajax in July 2022.
The 28-year-old penned a four-year deal with the Bundesliga side in July but the lanky striker was diagnosed with a testicular tumor.
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Dortmund is camping in Spain ahead of the return of the 2022/23 Bundesliga campaign after its annual winter break.
When last did Haller play?
As noted by the Bundesliga, Haller signed for Dortmund in July 2022 and didn't play a professional game for the side before taking ill.
Tests then revealed that he had a testicular tumour.
Haller undergoes chemotherapy
The former Ajax Amsterdam man then underwent chemotherapy to treat the malignant tumour.
As reported by TalkSport, Haller then returned to light training at Ajax, as he sought to get match-fit again. Unfortunately for the player, he would still have to undergo surgery.
In November 2022, Haller announced surgeons would have to remove the tumour, The Guardian reported. He said at the time that it was the only way to permanently end that which was keeping him away from the pitch.
With the operation proving to be a success, Haller is finally on the road to a return for the Black and Yellow.
Sebastien Haller returns to training
Sports Brief earlier reported that Sebastien Haller is finally edging closer to a return to action.
The Borussia Dortmund striker has been unable to play for the German side since joining them after it was discovered that he had a testicular tumour.
Haller has finally returned to the Bundesliga outfit and will travel with the squad to Spain later this week as they prepare for the return of league action, Sports Brief earlier reported.