Jonas Gutierrez has fought off cancer to return to the field with Newcastle

Here’s some heartwarming news: Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez made his match comeback today following surgery and chemotherapy to treat testicular cancer.

The 31-year-old long-time Newcastle midfielder was given the all-clear last month after an illness he largely fought in private. He was diagnosed after feeling pain when making a challenge during a game against Arsenal.

Gutierrez hasn’t featured for Newcastle’s first team since October last year and spent time in January on loan at Norwich. The former Argentina international was quoted by media in South America as saying that manager Alan Pardew told him he had no future at St James’ Park this time last year, only a couple of weeks after his operation.

But Pardew’s stance appears to have changed, and on Monday, Gutierrez was back in black-and-white stripes, captaining Newcastle’s under-21s in a 4-1 win over West Ham and playing 87 minutes. “Thanks to all the fans for the support,” he tweeted, “I am proud to be back”.

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