Lower than six months after he was recognized with testicular most cancers, Sébastien Haller was again on the sphere for Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in a pleasant sport.
The Ivory Coast striker got here on as a 74th-minute substitute for Dortmund in a 5-1 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf throughout a winter coaching camp in Spain earlier than the German season resumes subsequent week.
Haller required chemotherapy and two operations, the second of them in late November after he was advised in July that he had testicular most cancers. The analysis got here two weeks after Haller joined Dortmund and earlier than he performed a sport.
Dortmund signed Haller from Ajax within the hope he might substitute prolific scorer Erling Haaland after the Norwegian was offered to Manchester Metropolis.
The French-born Haller led the Dutch league final season with 21 targets and scored 11 extra throughout Ajax’s run to the spherical of 16 within the Champions League. With out him, Dortmund has struggled within the Bundesliga and is in sixth place, 9 factors off chief Bayern Munich.
“It was a great moment on the pitch. I got a lot of applause and a lot of messages, I spoke to my teammates and the opponent. This support contributes to performance,” Haller mentioned.
“I wanted to be there from the first game. We talked about what is the best solution to get some minutes. After six months, I finally wore a Dortmund jersey for the first time.
“I was really looking forward to playing because I couldn’t do it straight away after my move. Playing is a much better feeling than exercising and running through the woods, I missed that feeling.”
(With inputs from Reuters)