Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez thanks fans for support during his recovery

Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has praised the fans’ response during his time recovering from cancer. He’s completed his treatment, and has been training with the Magpies’ U21s, and spoke about the support received by the club’s fans, reports Sky Sports.

The 31-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer, but has made a successful recovery. He admitted that the treatment has been difficult, but the support received has given him the strength to continue. Gutierrez was a popular player during his time on Tyneside, but his form dipped and he eventually lost his place in the team under former manager Alan Pardew.

He was loaned out to Norwich City last year, making four league appearances for the Canaries, with a calf injury and the sacking of then-manager Chris Hughton cutting his own time short at Carrow Road. It’s unknown where his future lies, but there’s every chance he could make an appearance for Newcastle before the season comes to a close, with how well he’s recovering in training, and believes the supporters deserve credit for playing their part to keep him motivated during his treatment.

“I’m healthy. My treatment has finished and I’m training with the team. I’m so proud to be back, they have always supported me since my illness and Newcastle have always given me support. They stayed with me through a hard moment of my life. The treatment was hard, but I have a lot of power from the fans and from my team-mates, they always support me,” he said.

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