Borussia Dortmund’s Sébastien Haller back in team training

Borussia Dortmund’s Sébastien Haller is back in team training after an injury lay-off. 
Borussia Mönchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga
Borussia Mönchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga / Rene Nijhuis/MB Media/GettyImages

Borussia Dortmund were handed some very good news this week as Ivory Coast international Sébastien Haller returned to team training on Monday. The striker has been sidelined with an ankle injury that was re-aggravated after his return from the African Cup of Nations.

Haller’s most recent impactful appearance for Die Schwarzgelben came in their 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the club’s Champions League Quarter-final bout against the Spanish side. Haller’s goal was still crucial for Dortmund as it helped the club keep the contest close in the second leg on goal differential. He was then in the starting eleven for the club's Bundesliga clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach, during which he was re-injured.

Haller’s goal for Dortmund, and his performance during AFCON for the Ivory Coast have shown the striker to have the capability of scoring some really important goals for the teams he represents. So far, Dortmund haven’t seen this regularly due to the nature of Haller’s battle with cancer, and then injuries.

While Haller’s return to fitness is a great sign, it seems that the PSG game will come a little too early for the striker, who is unlikely to feature in the first leg, per reports from Ruhr Nachrichten. Dortmund have very much been ailing once again in terms of injuries, with Dutch attacker Donyell Malen also a question mark ahead of the PSG game.


Whether Haller in particular makes it for this game or not is less important as making sure that he can make it for the rest of Dortmund’s games this season. The club will be wary of playing him too soon as they deal with injuries all across the starting 11 in the final weeks of this season.