Soccer-Dortmund sign Modeste from Cologne to stand in for Haller


Soccer Football - Bundesliga - FC Cologne v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany - March 6, 2022 FC Cologne's Anthony Modeste with an anti war message on his shirt in support of Ukraine amid Russia's invasion REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen/File Photo

(Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund have signed centre forward Anthony Modeste from Bundesliga rivals Cologne on a one-year contract to fill in for Sebastien Haller who will be out of action for several months to undergo chemotherapy, the German club said on Monday.

Haller, 28, was signed last month to replace Erling Haaland, who joined Manchester City, but less than two weeks later the Ivory Coast international was diagnosed with a malignant testicular tumour during Dortmund's training camp.

"In light of Sebastien Haller's illness, we are glad that, in Anthony Modeste, we have been able to add another striker with this profile to our squad for the current season," Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl said.

Modeste, 34, made 157 appearances and scored 79 goals in two separate spells at Cologne.

Dortmund visit Freiburg on Friday in their second match of the season after a 1-0 home win over Leverkusen last week.

(Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Gdansk; Editing by Ken Ferris)

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Football

Soccer-Quickfire double gives Everton 2-1 win at Southampton
Soccer-Trossard hat-trick earns Brighton hard-fought draw at Liverpool
Soccer-Gallagher breaks Palace hearts to earn Chelsea 2-1 win
Soccer-Chalobah sees red as Newcastle thrash 10-man Fulham 4-1
Football: JDT clinch Super League title for ninth straight time
Soccer-Arsenal stay top with derby win as Tottenham self-destruct
Soccer-Maradona's 'Hand of God' shirt headlines Qatar exhibit during World Cup
Soccer-Guinea stripped off Cup of Nations hosting rights
Soccer-Haaland injury-free after working with City physios - Guardiola
Soccer-Arsenal 'had to make decision' on Smith Rowe injury - Arteta

Others Also Read