An Update On The Condititon Of Jonas Gutierrez

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.

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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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16 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 18, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    The worry isn’t how many goals will we score, the real problems lie in whether we use the chipped ball to the back stick again. Why Pards decided to drop it after all the fruit it bore is beyond me.

  • thepict

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Thanks for the information Ed. much appreciated.

  • G

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #3

    I wouldn’t wish the condition on my worst enemy. Hope he well and trully beats it back, and is playing again soon. Good luck Jonas.

  • firebug666

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Looking forward to hearing the news when Jonas gets the all clear, and I firmly believe he will.

  • firebug666

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #5


    The inept one has a failed system that really does not work, zero tactical knowledge in the game, a poor and lost captain who cannot decide what he wants to do himself never mind what he wants the rest of the team to do, No communication on the pitch, players played out of position, zero motivation, zero ambition, the list goes on.

    Now suddenly we are going to stand up and be counted? Well that should be easy because we have zero movement too.

  • Our Toon

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    The sticking point for me I’d the paying his own medical bill, I said this yesterday and not many picked up on it. Those defending the club should read what Jonas said, this whole thing has been dealt with in a shocking and very distasteful way

  • SuperShearer

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Obviously there could be spin coming from both sides but it does seem that the club have stood by Jonas up to a point. Him implying that when he was diagnosed the club told him to leave feels exaggerated. It seems more likely the club had decided not to renew his contract and his awful health condition was a coincidence more than anything else. That said I hope the club support him as much as possible and pray for his speedy recovery.

  • MrMojoRisin76

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    You can do this Jonas.You always gave 100% now you will get that back from us.

  • firebug666

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #9

    Our Toon

    I have been arguing this same point to mate, but apparently I’m just jumping to conclusions. Even though it’s there in black and white.

    The club have known about this since October last year.

    Have to go to the school now sons been fighting bbs.

  • cestriasteve

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Lads would you take Felix Magrat over Pardew. It’s a sorry state of affairs when we are fearing the arrival of Hull City to St. James Park.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    For me, there should be no other alternative than the club picking up the medical bill. It certainly doesn’t seem that way from what he’s said. Full support? I wouldn’t class leaving the bill to the player as full support.

    However, we don’t really know exactly what has gone on behind the scenes to absolutely confirm things one way or another.

  • Average_Contents

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Hope he makes a full recovery and if he fights like he did on the pitch then I’m sure he will. Good luck guti we are all thinking of you.

    Like ed says, football pales into insignificance when something like this happens especially to one of our own.

    Let’s hope the club don’t use this tragedy to side-step questions.

  • geordiemark

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #13

    I do blame Newcastle united for the treatment they have handed out to Jonas really, first off he is a Newcastle united player and he shouldn’t have paid his medical bills himself the club should have from the start, the club should compensate Jonas straight away and back him up till his therapy has finished and all treatments are done, now if this was mike Ashley who suffered from the same condition as Jonas is then am damn sure he would jump on the best treatment possible so come on Newcastle united back Jonas up and pay his medical bills and another thing Newcastle united statement well they know where they can shove that don’t they

  • mecannylad

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    A domesday scenario for us to consider as we gird our loins for Saturday at the Coliseum.
    The protests happen, they are vociferous, falling just short of criminality infact , hitting the headlines nationally ……….
    ……….but by Monday there is still no news that the t**t has gone.
    What next for the Toon Army?:
    1) If the match was lost or drawn
    2) If the match was won.

  • geordiemark

    Sep 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15


    they will keep going on and on until it does happen, if you were pardew can you imagine what would be going through his mind when all this is going on and all the fingers are pointed at you the whole crowd is on your back I wouldn’t like it I would quit the post, the debt he owes isn’t the clubs fault but all this is mike ashleys fault and it should be pointed out that everything that goes on at st james park lies at ashleys feet

  • mag

    Sep 18, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #16

    The animal Pardew has teated Jonas in the worst way.


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