‘I want to play as quickly as possible’: Sebastien Haller sets sights on a January 22 comeback for Borussia Dortmund when the Bundesliga returns from the winter break – just six months after being diagnosed with a testicular tumour
- Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller returned to earlier in January
- He was diagnosed with a testicular tumour only 12 days after signing in July 2022
- He aims to make his comeback when Dortmund play Augsburg on January 22
- READ: Haller returns to training after undergoing two successful surgeries
Sebastien Haller is keen to make his debut for Borussia Dortmund, and has set his eyes on a January 22 return against Augsburg, after being diagnosed with a testicular tumour in July 2022.
The former West Ham forward is yet to play for the German side, having been forced to withdraw from pre-season training less than two weeks after signing for the Bundesliga outfit.
The Ivory Coast international returned to training earlier in January, after undergoing successful surgeries, as well as chemotherapy to treat the tumour.
Sebastien Haller is eyeing a January 22 return to football when Borussia Dortmund take on Augsburg
Such debilitating treatment plans can have a negative effect on a football player, given the emphasis on keeping their bodies in perfect condition for a sustained period of time.
However, the 28-year-old was adamant that that would not be the case for him when he finally makes his debut for his new club after a £27million deal from Ajax over the summer of 2022.
‘I want to play as quickly as possible,’ he told the Athletic. ‘There are no limits and restrictions on my involvement unless the medical staff tell me otherwise.’
The Ivory Coast international was diagnosed with a testicular tumour 12 days after arriving at the Bundesliga side
And when asked about the prospect of an upcoming return, he added: ‘(It’s the) best feeling I could have. I didn’t know what the future will bring but I focused every day on staying fit.
Haller signed for Dortmund for £27million
‘I can do everything now that I used to to do before, that gives me great confidence.
‘I took only 19 days off in the six months. It was hard but it’s my job and I love it.’
Haller was signed by the German side after a sensational year at Dutch giants Ajax, in which he starred up front for the side that won an Eredivisie-Dutch Cup double in 2021-22.
The forward became the first ever player to score in seven successive Champions League appearances on his way to notch 34 goals in all competitions.
And when asked whether he had considered hanging up his boots, he responded with: ‘(Retiring) was never on my mind, I had the mindset of looking forward and take very day at the time.
‘It was harder for my family, they suffered a lot because they didn’t feel in control. They helped me a lot.’
Haller became the first ever player to score in seven consecutive Champions League matches
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