There is more information on Jonas Gutierrez that the Telegraph has published, and explains to an extent why Jonas did not play many games last season.
Jonas Gutierrez – in the fight of his life
The Newcastle winger was operated on for cancer to remove a testicle back in October 2013, just less than a year ago.
The doctors first noticed the cancer some months after Jonas had reported severe pain after a collision with former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna.
We assume that was the last game of the 2012-2103 season on 19th May, 2103 – when we were beaten 1-0 at home by Arsenal after we had won the previous game 2-1 at QPR and survived relegation.
Both Sagna and Gutierrez played the full game that day.
This is what Jonas has said about that:
“I had a strong collision with Sagna. It caused a lot of pain and well, it really hurt. I spoke to the doctor straight after the game and he told me: ‘Don’t worry, it’s nothing’,’
“After the holidays I began to feel the pain more in the testicle. The league restarted but by September/October, I noticed that the testicle started to swell up and it was inflamed.”
“It felt like a pain, a discomfort. I went back to the doctor and he told me I’d need an ultrasound. He detected the tumor and told me they’d like to operate on me the next day.”
That may explain why Jonas did not play much during the first half of last season, but then he went on loan to Norwich last January, and didn’t have a good time of it – although we now know what he must have been going through at the time, and he only played four games for the Canaries.
And the reason Jonas stayed in Argentina during the summer and is there right now is because the cancer has spread, and he has been having intensive chemotherapy back home, and has not returned to Newcastle.
While Jonas has been going through this – Newcastle have also told him that he wouldn’t be playing for them again – his contract runs out next June – but fighting his cancer is the number one priority.
Jonas will be putting all his energy into this before he will start thinking about reviving his football career.
Presumable Newcastle said nothing about it because Jonas wanted to keep it quiet, and it seems he has now opened up about it because he is nearing the end of his chemotherapy treatment, and he has been losing some of his hair as a result of it.
The one thing that isn’t clear is that he said when he revealed he had cancer that he was paying for his own treatment – and we assume Newcastle United will pick up the tab on this.
Newcastle did make an announcement last night on Jonas, and said they known about the cancer for some time – but that Jonas wanted to keep it a secret.
Newcastle United can confirm that winger Jonas Gutierrez is continuing to receive treatment in Argentina after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
The Club has been aware of Jonas’ condition for some time, but has respected his wish for privacy as he undergoes treatment with his friends and family around him.
Newcastle United managing director, Lee Charnley, said:
“We have and will continue to offer Jonas our full support.” “We thank our fans for their kind messages of support for Jonas and the thoughts and best wishes of everyone connected to Newcastle United are with him at this time.”
The club kindly requests that Jonas’ privacy is respected ahead of further enquiries.
The fact the cancer has spread is not good news – but it’s still possible to overcome the problem, and now that Jonas has reveled his problem it will at least be possible for Newcastle fans and others to keep giving him (big) support as he’s in the fight of his life.
And quire honestly, things like football and even what’s happening now at Newcastle, start to pale into insignificance, when you have to fight a cancer that has spread.
Jonas will be in our thoughts from now on, and we’ll just have to ensure that we keep sending him support and best wishes via his Twitter account as he continues to fight the cancer.
This is as much as we know of Jonas’ condition at the moment.
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