Haller makes a spectacular comeback after cancer

The impressive performance of striker Sebastian Haller helped Dortmund compete for the Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich.

On May 21,  Dortmund defeated Augsburg 3-0 in the 33rd round of the Bundesliga, thereby only one win away from the championship in the 2022/23 season. In particular, Haller impressed with a brace in the 58th and 84th minutes.

In the last 6 matches, Haller scored 6 goals and contributed 2 assists, helping Dortmund win 9 points against Wolfsburg, Monchengladbach and Augsburg in the Bundesliga. Despite missing half the season to treat testicular cancer, the 28-year-old still scored nine goals in the domestic league, leading the team’s top scorer list with Julian Brandt and Donyell Malen.

Haller has continuously scored for Dortmund in recent rounds. Photo: Reuters.

” His return is miraculous . Haller can become Dortmund’s hero this season ,” Dortmund coach Edin Terzic praised the student. Since the French striker returned to play, Dortmund have only lost 1 in 18 matches in the domestic league.

Haller said: “When my body started to allow me to play again, Dortmund was 6th in the table. Right now, the team is competing for the championship. I always think optimistically and everything is fine. could happen”.

Haller’s recovery is considered a miracle because it took him just over half a year to return to the top. At the end of July 2022, during the pre-season, Haller felt unwell. He underwent a medical examination and discovered a tumor in his testicle. Soon after, Haller announced he was undergoing surgery to treat cancer.

Previously, the Ruhr club had to spend 34 million euros to welcome Haller from Ajax. Dortmund was forced to recruit striker Anthony Modeste as an alternative in case Haller was out of action for a long time. Currently, the timely return of the former Ajax star helps Dortmund improve its performance and compete for the championship with Bayern.

3 points at Augsburg help Dortmund take the top of Bayern with 2 more points. If they defeat Mainz in the final round, Haller and his teammates will be crowned, and end Bayern’s 10-year Bundesliga championship streak.

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