Edin Terzic has said that everyone at Borussia Dortmund is proud of Sebastien Haller’s hard work as the striker prepares to make his competitive debut for the club.
Sebastien Haller could be set to make his competitive debut for Borussia Dortmund this weekend, just six months after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. The Ivory Coast international had to undergo two operations and a chemotherapy treatment. But after months of hard work, he is now about to make his return to action.
Edin Terzic was full of praise of Haller on Friday during his pre-match press conference ahead of Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga clash against FC Augsburg. The BVB head coach also said that Haller’s first competitive appearance for the club will be a very special moment.
“He has worked very hard and presented himself really well. The last competitive game he played was in May. We are really proud of him for the way he has fought through this difficult phase. We are delighted that he is fully part of the squad again.”
“Whether he will play from the start or be on the bench, we will discuss in private. Last week he didn’t need a lot of warm-up time and we hope that will be the case in the Bundesliga as well. When he makes his first appearance, it will be a magical moment.”
Sebastien Haller returned to team training during Borussia Dortmund’s training camp ahead of the second half of the season, and also featured in both of their mid-season friendly matches. The striker played 30 minutes in his side’s friendly match against FC Basel last week, and also netted a stunning 7-minute hat-trick.
Haller said after that game that his aim for the second half of the season is to play as many minutes as he can and help the team. He also said that he is looking forward to playing in front of 80,000+ fans at the Signal Iduna Park. That long-awaited moment could finally arrive this weekend, and the Borussia Dortmund supporters will no doubt welcome him with rousing cheers and applause.