Prolific Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastian Haller has returned to playing football just six months after he was diagnosed with a testicular tumour which threatened his football career.
The striker who was signed from Dutch side Ajax for an initial €31m in July after he scored 34 goals last season shared a video of his return in a post on Instagram.
“Happy New Year to all! And it’s off to a great start for me because it means getting back on the field,” the 28-year-old Ivory Coast international wrote on Twitter, posting images of himself working out at the gym. “2022 wasn’t the easiest year but it prepared me for all the new challenges that 2023 will bring.”
In a video message posted by Borussia Dortmund Haller said: “I’m finally back. It was not that easy but with your support it was better and easier to do, so I am just looking forward to seeing you in the stadium for some victories.”
The German club also said Haller, 28, would be “carefully introduced” back into the team.
The lanky player required chemotherapy to treat cancer and he eventually had two operations as part of his treatment.to treat a testicular tumour discovered in July.