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Dortmund provide update on Sebastian Haller’s cancer surgery

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The newly-signed striker will most likely stay out of action for several more months.


Borussia Dortmund director Sebastian Kehl has confirmed Sebastian Haller has had a successful operation to remove a tumour. 

The Ivorian star moved to Dortmund from Ajax earlier this summer. But he was diagnosed with testicular cancer a few weeks after his arrival at the club.

The operation went very, very well and he is on the right track,” Kehl told 1&1.


“He was super stable and incredibly positive and also said to the team: ‘Do your job, give everything. Make sure that when I come back we’re still in the running.’ And the boys will do that too.”

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It has not been decided when the forward will be able to feature for the Bundesliga team, but Kehl admitted: “He will definitely be out for a few months.” 

Dortmund signed Haller as a replacement for Erling Haaland, who left the club to join Manchester City. Kehl confirms the club will look into other options as Haller prepares for a lengthy time on the sidelines.


“We are preparing for different scenarios,” he said. “Edin, [CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke] and I are talking to the scouting department and working on different options and ideas. Nothing concrete at the moment.”

He added: “Nevertheless, Haller is missing the profile. We’re working on different options. But we’ll only do something if it makes sense in the end.”