Hertha Berlin winger Jean-Paul Boetius is diagnosed with a testicular tumor and is receiving treatment as coach Fredi Bobic says the Dutch player will receive ‘everything we can to help’.
- Boetius underwent a urological exam on Wednesday, which revealed a problem
- He will undergo further tests and treatments to fight the testicular tumor
- Hertha coach Fredi Bobic wished the Dutch winger a speedy recovery
- Boetius is the fourth Bundesliga player to be diagnosed with a tumor this year
Hertha BSC winger Jean-Paul Boetius has been diagnosed with a testicular tumor.
The 28-year-old from the Netherlands will take an indefinite break from football to undergo further tests and treatment after a urological exam discovered the tumor on Wednesday.
Hertha trainer Fredi Bobic said: “As bitter as this news is at first, we are full of hope and confidence that Jean-Paul will recover as soon as possible and return to our circle.
“Until he returns, we will give him every support we can. We will stand together as the Hertha family and wish him only the best.”
The former player from Feyenoord, Basel and Mainz joined Hertha on a free transfer in early August and signed a three-year contract.
Jean-Paul Boetius (left) was diagnosed with a testicular tumor at Hertha BSC
Since arriving, he has featured in all six Bundesliga games, starting two and coming off the bench in the other four, playing mainly as a central attacking midfielder.
With one win, three draws and three defeats from seven games so far, the Berliners are currently in 13th place in the table.
Boetius is the fourth Bundesliga player to be diagnosed with a testicular tumor this year.
His Hertha team-mate Marco Richter was diagnosed with a malignant growth earlier in the year, but was caught early enough to be removed through surgery without chemotherapy.
Boetius (right) switched from Bundesliga club Mainz to Hertha in the summer
Hertha coach Fredi Bobic wished Boetius all the best and said he would “receive every support”
Richter returned to the Bundesliga at the end of August.
Union Berlin defender Timo Baumgartl returned in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Wolfsburg after being diagnosed back in April. The tumor was surgically removed and he received chemotherapy.
And Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller faced the same problem during a training camp in Switzerland after the Ajax signing complained of nausea.
Haller said in an interview late last month that he was feeling “really good” after starting chemotherapy but was likely to be off for “several months”.
Sebastien Haller said he felt “really good” after starting chemotherapy.
The forward stayed positive after being diagnosed with a testicular tumor