Newcastle’s winger Jonas Gutierrez has made his first appearance since beating testicular cancer, during Wednesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester
The 31-year-old Argentine received a standing ovation from the St James’ Park crowd when he replaced Ryan Taylor in the second half of the game.
“64th minute: The electronic signboard was erected by the fourth official. One side showing number 4, it was Ryan Taylor, who had to leave the field. The other side, number 18, the Argentine. Then the 52,000 crowd present in St. James Park stood up and joined in a shout and applause to welcome Jonah, who had received the first ovations when he entered to warm-up before the game starts and also when his name had mentioned by the speakers”
Jonah received the embrace from Taylor and the captain’s armband from the hands of his partner and friend Fabricio Coloccini and he made his first touch with the ball, three minutes later.
Despite the heartwarming return of the fan’s favourite, Newcastle lost 1-0 to Manchester United with Ashley Young’s 89th minute goal after a grotesque combination of errors in the home defense
Gutierrez, who played for the South Africa 2010 World Cup with the National Team led by Diego Maradona, detected testicular cancer in 2013 and later decided to return to Argentina to begin chemotherapy sessions. After a very hard treatment, Gutierrez received the news that everyone expected. He immediately began to train with Vélez Sársfield where he played between 2001 and 2005 and then joined Newcastle teammates. He was named on the bench for the first time last weekend against Aston Villa
“I’m so proud to be back, they (fans) have always supported me since my illness and Newcastle have always given me support” –Gutierrez spoke ‘Sky Sports’ recently