Russ was diagnosed with testicular cancer in May 2016 and it was not certain he would be able to play football again. After successful treatment and a long programme of rehabilitation, however, the 31-year-old is back and managed 80 minutes on Saturday night.
Anchoring Eintracht’s defence in a three-man backline, Russ helped the Eagles thwart many a Hamburg attack - no mean feat in the form HSV have been in in recent weeks.
Top Facts - Russ
- Russ’ last start was in the first leg of Frankfurt’s relegation play-off against Nuremberg in May 2016.
- The veteran defender did not know he would be in the starting XI until hours before the match, when Makoto Hasebe bowed out due to injury.
- Frankfurt ended a run of five straight defeats with their draw against Hamburg.
Watch: Russ discusses his return to the starting line-up: