Borussia Dortmund forward Sebastien Haller had to stop for treatment due to testicular cancer. During an interview with ESPN, the soccer player talked about what he felt after the shocking discovery. He told: "The first thing I thought, when I found out, is that I couldn't play for Borussia Dortmund.
We had done so much for this transfer, the club paid out 30 million euros and I couldn't play. I thought that I couldn't pay back all that money, but also that there was nothing I could do about it and there was nothing I could do to avoid it.
While I was training, I had a weird feeling in my stomach. It didn't hurt, it was just a weird feeling. So I had an ultrasound at 9 pm and an MRI the next day. And then a biopsy, because they found out it was a tumor. When I heard that word, I was shocked.
With the treatment I am undergoing, I remain in the hospital for five days, under a drip, and I cannot move out of bed. I lost strength and fitness. The first day I got back I started walking and went to the gym. The people of Amsterdam saw me running in the woods.
I walk every day and check my body. I haven't lost much after weeks, I'm on the same level as a few months ago. This is a good sign, I hope it stays that way. I feel very good. Clearly it is not yet the time to return to the field, it will take me a few months.
The important thing is that you don't lose too much muscle mass. I will have to keep fit all this time. Then, a month before I return, I will start working with the ball again. Now the most important thing is that my body is okay.
My first goal is to get back on the pitch, play in front of the yellow wall and score my first goal for Borussia Dortmund. It will be an exciting time. I'm fine. It is a new situation for everyone especially for me and my family.
I am lucky to have so many people around me and also not to feel bad. I can still walk, spend time with my family and friends, so it's okay. "