Borussia Dortmund’s new signing Sebastien Haller is diagnosed with testicular cancer after feeling “unwell” in training.
- Sebastien Haller joined Borussia Dortmund from Ajax earlier this month
- On Monday morning he complained about being “unwell” in training
- After medical examinations, a tumor was found in his testicles
- Haller returned to Germany after his cancer diagnosis
- He will now have further tests carried out to determine how to proceed
Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that striker Sebastien Haller has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The Ivorian only arrived at the Bundesliga Club earlier this month after completing his £31million move from Ajax.
Dortmund released a statement on Monday evening that provided an update on Haller’s condition.
Sebastien Haller made his move to Borussia Dortmund earlier this month
“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 statement said.
“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.’
The club’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl has admitted he was shocked by the news 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, where he scored 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.
However, he has not yet had the opportunity to play a competitive game for Dortmund.