Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastian Haller breaks the silence after he was diagnosed with a testicular tumor after feeling unwell in training. He says he is moved by the “beautiful” messages of support and insists he will “come back stronger”.
- Sebastian Haller was diagnosed with a testicular tumor on Monday
- The Borussia Dortmund star felt unwell during a training session yesterday
- Haller says he was moved by the reaction to the shocking announcement
- The club’s £31million signing is determined to ‘come back stronger’.
Borussia Dortmund Striker Sebastian Haller has spoken for the first time since being diagnosed with a testicular tumor.
That Bundesliga Page confirmed the news Monday night after Haller felt “uncomfortable” in training earlier that day.
In a message on his social media accounts, Haller thanked everyone for their messages of support and insisted he was determined to “come back stronger.”
Haller said: “I want to thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all the many heartfelt messages I have received. I was very moved to see these beautiful reactions and I even feel like I don’t deserve that much.
“But I know that thanks to you it will be just another test on our way. See you in Boden to celebrate our next wins.’
He added: “Thank you all for your many messages of support and affection since yesterday’s announcement. My family and I thank you. I will now focus on my recovery to come back stronger.
Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller has been diagnosed with a testicular tumor
Haller only joined Dortmund earlier this month in a £31m deal after the ex-West Ham forward enjoyed a successful season at Ajax.
“Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller had to leave the BVB training camp in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland early due to illness and has already traveled back to Dortmund,” the Bundesliga side wrote in a statement on Monday.
“The 28-year-old international from Ivory Coast complained about being unwell after training on Monday morning.
“During intensive medical examinations, a tumor was finally discovered in the testicles during the course of the day. In the coming days, further examinations will take place in a specialized medical center.
“Borussia Dortmund asks that the privacy of the player and his family be respected and that no questions be asked. As soon as we have more information, we will inform you in consultation with the player.’
Borussia Dortmund striker Haller fell ill during training on Monday morning
The club’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl has admitted the news shocked everyone and insisted Dortmund will support Haller in his recovery.
“This news today came as a shock to Sebastien Haller and to all of us. The entire BVB family wishes Sebastien a speedy full recovery and that we can hug him again soon.
“We will do everything in our power to ensure he receives the best possible treatment,” he said.
Haller enjoyed a career-high goalscoring season last season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions for Ajax.
He was particularly impressive in the Champions League, scoring 11 goals in just eight games before the Amsterdam club were eliminated in the round of 16.
His move to Dortmund seemed to fill the void left by Erling Haaland, who joined Manchester City earlier this summer.