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Haller targets comeback as Dortmund striker trains after cancer treatment

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 2 Jan 2023

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Sebastien Haller has his sights set on a comeback after training with Borussia Dortmund for the first time since undergoing treatment for testicular cancer.

The Ivory Coast striker joined Dortmund from Ajax ahead of this season, but he is yet to feature for the Bundesliga giants after discovering a malignant tumour during pre-season testing in July.

Haller subsequently underwent two surgeries and chemotherapy, with Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke professing his hope the striker could return after the mid-season break.

Dortmund returned to training for the first time after the World Cup on Monday, and an update on the club’s website revealed Haller was present as the squad underwent fitness testing, though he will be “carefully introduced”.

Haller later posted on Twitter to outline his hopes for 2023, writing: “Happy New Year everyone! It starts very well for me because it is synonymous with returning to the field! 2022 was not the easiest year, but it prepared me to take up all the new challenges that 2023 will offer me.

“Looking forward to seeing you all again.”

Haller finished as the Eredivisie’s top goalscorer last season, netting 21 times in 31 appearances as Ajax won their third consecutive title.

Dortmund sit sixth in a congested Bundesliga table ahead of the league’s resumption later this month.

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