Jonas Gutierrez plays first game for Newcastle since beating testicular cancer

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On Monday Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez played in his first game for Newcastle since overcoming testicular cancer.

The 31-year-old captained Newcastle’s U-21 in a 4-1 Premier League Cup win over West Ham United, As Gutierrez played 87 minutes as he continues to step up his recovery.

Gutierrez has not played a first-team game since April 2014, in a brief spell with Norwich City on loan, as he returned to his homeland for treatment which included having his right testicle removed in September.

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After initially failing to reveal his reasons for returning to Argentina, Gutierrez has received incredible support from across the globe as underwent chemotherapy and had surgery.

Newcastle’s manager Alan Pardew has spoken out about his delight that Gutierrez is back training with the Magpies, as the Argentine returned to practice last month and Monday’s match was another significant step in his incredible road to recovery.

With his next milestone set to be a return to full-fitness and to play for the first-team, the man who has 10 goals in 177 league appearances since arriving from Real Mallorca in 2008 is well on the way to achieving that.