Report: Borussia Dortmund’s Sébastien Haller close to making a return to training

Borussia Dortmund’s Sébastien Haller could return to training in three weeks time, per reports.

Nigeria v Ivory Coast - TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Final
Nigeria v Ivory Coast - TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Final / Visionhaus/GettyImages
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Borussia Dortmund’s Sébastien Haller has a story that we’ve all come to know quite well in the last couple of years. A heroic victory over cancer saw Haller return to the pitch over a year ago now, and that hasn’t been the only heroic moment for the Ivory Coast international in the last 365.

Just a little under a month ago, Haller helped lead the Ivory Coast to victory over Nigeria in this year’s AFCON final. He scored the goal the sealed their victory in the competition, and solidified his name in history for his country. 

Despite all of these victories, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Haller. His struggles to replicate the form he showed last season after returning from cancer treatment, coupled with persistent injury issues have certainly put a bit of a damper on his current season, but the player, and in extension Dortmund will be happy to hear that Haller could well and truly be on the mend. 

Prior to going away for AFCON, Haller picked up a foot injury that he played with while away at AFCON, which led to a longer delay in terms of the player returning for Dortmund. According to reports from Bild however, the player may be finally set to return to training in three weeks time. 

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Haller’s return will be a welcome one, adding depth to Dortmund’s squad as the season enters a very critical phase for Die Schwarzgelben. He will face stiff competition for minutes as both Youssoufa Moukoko and Niclas Füllkrug have entrenched themselves ahead of Haller in the pecking order since his absence. It will be interesting to see what steps Dortmund, and in extension Edin Terzić, take to accommodate three strikers in Dortmund’s squad as the club struggled with this in the first half of the current season as well.