Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller on Tuesday vowed to ‘come back stronger’ as he thanked fans for their support following his diagnosis for a testicular tumour.
Ivory Coast’s Haller joined the German club earlier this month as a replacement for Erling Haaland, who has signed for Manchester City.
But the 28-year-old left the team’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland on Monday after a tumour was found in his testicle.
“I want to thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all these many warm messages received,” the 28-year-old said in a post on Twitter.
“I was very moved to see these beautiful reactions and I even feel like I don’t deserve so much.
“But I said that thanks to you it will only be one more challenge in our journey. See you very soon on the pitch to celebrate our next victories.
“My family and I thank you. I will now focus on my recovery to come back stronger.”
Dortmund paid Ajax 31 million euros ($31.5 million) for the 28-year-old after he scored 47 goals in 65 appearances for the Dutch side.
“This news today came as a shock to Sebastien Haller and to all of us,” Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl said in a club statement.
“We will do everything in our power to ensure that he receives the best possible treatment,” he added.