Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Marco Russ made a return to competitive football on Tuesday, nine months after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Russ underwent surgery last May and was given the all-clear in October.

The 31-year-old resumed training with his team-mates after the mid-season break and was rapturously received when he appeared as an injury time substitute during the 1-0 DFB-Pokal quarter-final win over Arminia Bielefeld.

Danny Blum scored the only goal for Niko Kovac’s team after six minutes.

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