Sebastien Haller says ‘step one’ complete as he begins testicle tumour treatment

Sebastien Haller has confirmed that he has completed "step one" after beginning his treatment for a testicle tumour.

The Borussia Dortmund striker's illness was confirmed earlier this week after he fell ill during training on Monday, with club medical staff later discovering the tumour. He was subsequently sent home from the club's training camp in Switzerland, with the German side confirming that he would receive further tests later in the week.

Haller has now provided his fans with an update after taking to Twitter to tell his followers that he has began treatment on the tumour, tweeting a picture of himself from a hospital bed.

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Alongside the picture, Haller wrote: “Hello everyone, I wanted to let you know that Step 1 has been completed! “I would like to thank the @BVB and the medical team who were exceptional with me.

"A big thank you also to all the nursing staff of the hospital for their support – benevolence #step1.”

The 28-year-old had travelled with Dortmund to Switzerland for their pre-season training camp prior to falling ill, with friendlies scheduled against Valencia and Villarreal across the border in Austria.

Dortmund confirmed the news of his departure from the touring party in a club statement, which read: “In the course of intensive medical examinations, a tumour was finally discovered in the testicles during the course of the day.

“During the coming days, further examinations will take place in a specialised medical centre. Borussia Dortmund asks that the privacy of the player and his family be respected and that no questions be asked. As soon as we have further information, we will inform you in consultation with the player.”

Haller signed for the Bundesliga giants earlier this month in a £28million deal which saw him make the switch from Dutch champions Ajax.

The Ivorian forward scored a staggering 34 goals and added nine assists in 43 appearances for Ajax across all competitions last season, including 11 in eight in the Champions League. He also ended the campaign as the Eredivisie's top scorer as his goals fired Ajax to the title.

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