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22nd Dec 2014

Great news as Jonas Gutierrez plays his first game since cancer battle

Argentine winger fought back from testicular cancer

Robert Redmond

The winger made his comeback for Newcastle Under-21s earlier today.

Jonas Gutierrez played his first game today since overcoming testicular cancer. The 31-year old returned to training with Newcastle last month after receiving treatment in his native Argentina after discovering a tumour in September of this year. Gutierrez underwent surgery and chemotherapy before receiving the all-clear from doctors in November.

The winger lost his first team position with the club, spending a spell on loan with Norwich last season, but remains a fan favourite with Newcastle supporters. Gutierrez joined the club in 2008 , scoring 10 goals in 177 appearances and was part of the side that won the Championship in 2010.

Gutierrez played 87 minutes of his comeback game with West Ham Under-21s today and tweeted after the game expressing his joy at being back on a football pitch.

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