Ivorian striker Sebastian Haller, 28, was diagnosed of malignant tumor shortly after joining Dortmund in July 2022 from Ajax Amsterdam after bagging 34 goals all competitions. The diagnose was done after the striker fell sick during BVB’s pre-season tour in Switzerland.
The striker later underwent two major surgeries and chemotherapy in the following months, before being given green light to join his teammates back upon training resumption on January 2023 after the Christmas break.
The striker posted a video in his Twitter account saying “hello guys, I’m finally back”, he said. “It wasn’t easy, but with your support 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 s some light ball drills, with a view to making his competitive comeback- and long-awaited Dortmund debut- during the second half of the 2022/2023 season.
Sébastien Haller is BACK.
Resumes training with Dortmund. ❤️🔥 pic.twitter.com/YmpC7kVz5T
— POOJA!!! (@PoojaMedia) January 2, 2023
The Ivorian striker convinced Dortmund board to pull out the check of £27 million for him after the striker had a record breaking season with Ajax Amsterdam, as he was signed to replace goal-machine Erling Haaland gone to Manchester City.
He finished the season top scorer of the Eredivise in the 2021/2022 with (21) goals, in the UEFA Champions League with (11) behind Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema (15) and Robert Lewandowski (13) during Ajax’s UCL round which was breeched by an exit in the round of 16.
The striker has had a wonderful spell in Germany with Entracht Frankfurt between 2017 and 2019 scoring 33 goals. Before gracing the grass with his teammates, Haller had been on individual training since returning to from the FIFA World Cup where he was invited by FIFA as special guess.
He’d been keeping himself fit in one of the training grounds of his former club in Amsterdam and later moved back to Dortmund. Now all eyes will be focused on Haller to see if he’s going to be the same player he was before moving to Germany. Lucky Dortmund have a contract with him up to 2025, so they have enough time to decide on the striker’s future.
The remainder of the season is all about recovering from the tumor and be 100% for 2023-2024 season.
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