Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has revealed that he is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer in his homeland of Argentina, Sky
The 31-year-old has not played since April after spending time on loan at Norwich, having fell out of favour at St James’ Park.
He had originally been a regular for the club since joining back in 2008 from Spanish side Mallorca, making 192 appearances over five seasons in Newcastle colours, and was an impressive performer at the 2010 World Cup.
But he has now revealed that he has been battling testicular cancer, undergoing Chemotherapy for the past month.
Gutierrez has unfortunately had to have the testicle containing the tumour removed, with his trademark ponytail hair also beginning to fall out due to the treatment.
The Argentine winger revealed the news to Argentinian television and described cancer as “the most difficult game he’s ever had to play”.
Gutierrez said: “When I confirmed that I had cancer I went home crying.
“I detected a tumour in a testicle. I came here [Argentina] and I assumed the costs, despite having a contract with Newcastle.
“Money is not important. What is important is health and I had to start chemotherapy.
“I removed the left testicle. It was hard to find my hair falling out. I did not want to cut it. I wanted to hold on. Fighting cancer makes the rest of the problems insignificant.”
Gutierrez has become a firm fan favourite at Newcastle and supporters were quick to follow the news with get well messages and support.
The player took to Twitter to thank all those who had expressed their support, whilst he also stated that he had revealed his fight with cancer in hope of inspiring those who also suffer from the disease.
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