Sebastien Haller makes “magnificient” return to football six months after his cancer diagnosis

Borussia Dortmund forward, Sebastien Haller made a grand comeback in a friendly win yesterday over Fortuna Dusseldorf after being sidelined for a period of six months to testicular cancer.

The 28-year-old replaced teenage sensation Youssoufa Moukoko in the final 15 minutes of the game to ensure Dortmund made away with the win over their opponents, thanks to goals from Felix Passlack, Karim Adeyemi, Nico Schlotterbeck and a late double from Donyell Malen.

Haller returned to training earlier this month since being diagnosed during a pre-season training camp in July, just weeks after signing for a €31 million fee from Ajax.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the former Westham player feels heartened by his return to the pitch.

“I’m doing well. It’s been a tough six months,” Haller said.

“I’m naturally very happy to be able to be here with the lads and train. For me, my return was simply a matter of time, hence why I always kept going.

“It’s the best feeling you can have (returning to the pitch). When you have this illness, you don’t know what your future looks like. I could only concentrate on the next day. I worked a lot so that I can now participate in everything.

“A lot of attention is being paid to how my body reacts to the training.

“My values are now being closely monitored. I will get involved in everything as long as I feel well, but we need to keep an eye on all the data.

“I’m looking forward to playing at the stadium and in front of the Yellow Wall (Dortmund’s fans). That’s the goal.”

Haller, who had a successful spell at Ajax, scoring 34 goals, before joining Dortmund is yet to make his competitive debut. He could make his competitive debut on the 22nd of January when Dortmund hosts Augsburg at Signal-Iduna Park.

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