Borussia Dortmund issued a statement on Saturday confirmed that the testicular tumor removed from striker Sébastien Haller was indeed malignant, meaning that the 28-year-old will have to undergo chemotherapy.
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Any potential return of BVB striker Sébastien Haller has now officially been pushed to the back-burner after it was revealed on Saturday that the 28-year-old's surgically-removed testicular tumor was, in fact, malignantly cancerous. Haller is now scheduled for chemotherapy.
The news does not necessarily rule the Ivorian attacker out beyond the new calendar year. FC Union Berlin defender Timo Baumgartl also had to undergo chemo for a similar condition some five months ago and could return to the pitch soon.
Dortmund nevertheless sought to take sporting issues off the table and focus instead on the player's personal health via a public statement released by BVB sporting director Sebastian Kehl.
"Sebastien will now receive the best possible treatment," Kehl noted in a statement, "Chances for recovery are very good. We wish him and his family a lot of strength and send optimistic thoughts to him during this difficult time."
Haller kämpft gegen bösartigen Tumor— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 30, 2022
Sebastien #Haller wird dem #BVB mehrere Monate lang fehlen. Der histologische Befund ergab einen bösartigen Hodentumor. Wir wünschen Dir weiterhin viel Kraft, @HallerSeb! 🙏
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