Newcastle’s Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez is back in training at Newcastle, and according to manager Alan Pardew he looks quite fit.
Jonas Gutierrez – photographed last month in Buenos Aries
The 31-year-old has been fighting testicular cancer for the last eighteen months or so, and he has shown great courage in his adversity, but he has recently been given the all clear as cancer free, and has been allowed to resume his football career on Tyneside by his doctors in Argentina.
Jonas is in the last year of his contract at Newcastle, and although some reports are stating that Pardew has said Jonas still has a future at Newcastle, the manager doesn’t actually say that.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Jonas today to Sky Sports:
“We’re pleased to have him back.” “Jonas is one of those people who livens up the training ground just with his personality, and obviously his illness has magnified that fact.”
“He hasn’t been around much but he’s in pretty good shape and we are hoping that in two or three weeks he could be back in and around the first-team.”
“He’s keen to earn his right to play but, like any player here, I have to give him an even keel in terms of access to the first team.” “It’s now up to Jonas but it will certainly be emotional for us and for him when he returns, and we will look forward to it.”
Jonas has been at the club since the summer of 2008, when Kevin Keegan was manager, and fellow Argentine Fabricio Coloccini also joined Newcastle in August of that year.
Gutierrez has played 194 times for Newcastle with 11 goals, and we wouldn’t be surprised if he is loaned out to another club in January.
But if Jonas plays well in training, he will also be given his chance in the first team, but the odds have to be slim that he will get a contract extension on Tyneside.
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