Sebastien Haller said that he was relieved to finally make his first appearance in a Borussia Dortmund shirt following two surgeries and four rounds of chemotherapy for testicular cancer, which had sidelined him for almost six months.
Haller, who scored 34 goals for Ajax Amsterdam last season, was diagnosed during a pre-season training camp in July.
After that, the 28-year-old could only return to training earlier this month, where he also revealed a new pair of boots with ‘f*** cancer’ written on them.
Sébastien Haller’s boots.
This man is a walking W. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/P8oTsBAtOI
— Barstool Football (@StoolFootball) January 21, 2023
Haller is set to make his first competitive appearance for the club as they face Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
In another development, Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni apologized to the Los Blancos fans after he was spotted at an NBA match in Paris even while his team overcame a spirited Villareal side in the Copa del Rey.
While Madrid did go on to win the match, fans vented their ire on social media and questioned Tchouameni’s priorities.
Admitting that he had not ‘done the right thing,’ the midfielder then took to Twitter and wrote, “I apologize to my club, the coaching staff, my teammates, and the Madrid fans for my presence at an event at a time when we were at stake in the Cup.”
“I have always been attentive to what was happening in Villarreal, but I have not done the right thing. Very sorry.”
Pido disculpas a mi club, al cuerpo técnico, a mis compañeros y a la afición madridista por mi presencia en un evento a la hora que nos jugábamos mucho en la Copa. He estado atento en todo momento a lo que pasaba en Villarreal, pero no he hecho lo correcto. Lo siento mucho.🤍
— Tchouameni Aurélien (@atchouameni) January 19, 2023
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has emerged as an unlikely candidate to help the Reds sign England star Jude Bellingham in the summer.
This was after he said that he would personally ‘fly to Dortmund and take Bellingham out for a nice dinner’ in a bid to convince him to sign for Liverpool.
“Right now the obvious one is Jude Bellingham on the back of the World Cup and what he’s doing at Dortmund,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“I want him! All he needs to do is send his diary and let me know when he’s got a free day. I’ll fly to Dortmund personally and take him out for a nice dinner and we’ll talk about it,” he added.