Fourth case in a few months
Hertha professional Boetius has been diagnosed with a testicular tumor
9/23/2022, 10:11 am
Another Bundesliga player is diagnosed with a testicular tumor. Again it hits a professional from the Hertha BSC team. Midfielder Jean-Paul Boetius will undergo surgery later this week. General manager Fredi Bobic is cautiously optimistic.
Bundesliga club Hertha BSC will have to do without midfielder Jean-Paul Boetius indefinitely. The 28-year-old was diagnosed with a tumor in his testicles. He will be operated on later this week. The former Mainz player is the fourth Bundesliga player to be diagnosed with a testicular tumor in just a few months.
“As bitter as this news is initially, we are full of hope and confidence that Jean-Paul will recover and return to our circle as soon as possible,” said Hertha director Fredi Bobic in the club’s announcement. “Until he returns, we will give him every support imaginable. We will stand together as a Hertha family and wish him nothing but the best.”
Boetius switched from FSV Mainz to Hertha BSC in the summer. The Dutchman played in six of the seven Bundesliga matches for the club in the capital this season. He was in the starting line-up in two games. So far he hasn’t scored a goal.
Richter is back on the field
Boetius is the second Hertha player to be diagnosed with a testicular tumor this season. Striker Marco Richter managed to wrestle back into the team in no time after an operation in the summer of 2022 and scored his first goal in the third game after his return.
“Of course it’s a moving story, how Marco handled it. And that’s the icing on the cake with this dream goal today,” said coach Sandro Schwarz after Richter’s goal in the 2-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen in mid-September. Guest keeper Lukas Hradecky also did not escape the emotions. “I don’t begrudge anyone more than Marco Richter to score such a goal,” said the Finn after the goal from 25 meters.
Baumgartl too, Haller not yet
Timo Baumgartl has now also overcome his illness. The Union Berlin defender returned to the field last weekend. He started the 2-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg and was replaced after about an hour with a standing ovation. “I imagined that during chemotherapy, during the most difficult moments of my life,” Baumgartl said after returning four months after his testicular tumor surgery.
Sébastien Haller is far from that. With the record purchase of Borussia Dortmund, a testicular tumor was diagnosed before his first test match for BVB and he has been treated ever since. He first visited the Westfalenstadion in early September during the Champions League match between Borussia and Copenhagen. However, it is still unclear when Haller can appear as a player for BVB.