West Ham and Declan Rice send support to former player Sebastien Haller after being sadly diagnosed with cancer this week.
Players, staff members and fans are among those wishing Haller a speedy recovery after the Borussia Dortmund striker was diagnosed with a testicular tumour.
Haller, who spent two years at the Hammers, joined the German giants in a £28million deal from Ajax less than two weeks ago.
The 28 year old Ivory Coast international has been in Switzerland preparing for the new season, however the club released a statement explaining he departed from the camp.
We’re with you, @HallerSeb. Wishing you the best with your recovery ❤️
— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 18, 2022
“Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller had to leave the BVB training camp in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, early due to illness and has already travelled back to Dortmund.
“The 28-year-old international from the Ivory Coast complained of being unwell after training on Monday morning.
“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.”
BVB sporting director Sebastian Kehl said: “This news today came as a shock to Sebastien Haller and to all of us.
“The entire BVB family wishes Sebastien a full recovery as soon as possible and that we can hug him again soon.
“We will do everything in our power to ensure that he receives the best possible treatment.”
The statement continued: “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 has thanked everyone for their support as he released a message on his social media accounts.
He said: “I want to thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all these many warm messages received I was very moved to see these beautiful reactions and I even feel like I don’t deserve so much.
“But I know that thanks to you it will only be one more test on our way. See you very soon in the ground to celebrate our next victories.”
Haller added: “Thank you all for your many messages of support and affection since yesterday’s announcement. My family and I thank you. I will now focus on my recovery to come back stronger.”
Rice, who played with Haller in the Premier League, tweeted: “Thoughts are with you my brother. Praying you have a speedy recovery.”
West Ham, meanwhile, added: “We’re with you, @HallerSeb. Wishing you the best with your recovery.”
2003–2005 – FCO Vigneux
2005–2007 – Brétigny Foot
2007–2012 – Auxerre
2010–2014 – Auxerre II – 57 games (29 goals)
2012–2015 – Auxerre – 50 games (6 goals)
2015 → Utrecht (loan) – 17 games (11 goals)
2015–2017 – Utrecht – 65 games (30 goals)
2017–2019 – Eintracht Frankfurt – 60 games (24 goals)
2019–2021 – West Ham United – 48 games (10 goals)
2021–2022 – Ajax – 50 games (32 goals)
2022– Borussia Dortmund
2010 – France U16 – 1 game (0 goals)
2011 – France U17 12 games (6 goals)
2011–2012 – France U18 – 4 games (1 goal)
2012–2013 – France U19 – 7 games (3 goals)
2013–2014 – France U20 – 7 games (2 goals)
2013–2016 – France U21 – 20 games (13 goals)
2020– Ivory Coast – 15 games (4 goals)
Cancer of the testicle is 1 of the less common cancers, and tends to mostly affect men between 15 and 49 years of age.
Typical symptoms are a painless swelling or lump in 1 of the testicles, or any change in shape or texture of the testicles.
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