Alan Pardew has spoken about Jonas Gutierrez’ successful return to football yesterday, when he played 90 minutes for the Newcastle U21 side in their 4-1 win over West Ham United in the U21 Premier League Cup at Whitley Park.
Jonas Gutierrez in action yesterday
The 31 year-old Argentine international is a popular player at Newcastle, and that was evident yesterday as Peter Beardsley said after the game that it was an honor to be involved in the Argentine’s comeback, and that he would like Jonas to stay at Newcastle forever.
Fabricio Coloccini has supported Jonas big time during his long fight against cancer, and the Newcastle captain was at the game yesterday, along with a number of players and coaches – although Pardew didn’t make the game.
But Alan Pardew has talked about his Argentine winger today:
“It’s been a long, long road with the diagnosis he had, so we’re overjoyed. We had lots of media wanting to have a piece of that game, but we’re trying to give him some space to get back to his best. He’s working his way towards that.”
“I don’t think he’ll feature in this Christmas period, but certainly by the end of January and into February, I think he’ll be looking to push on.”
“He is fit, it’s just getting used to the ball again, seeing a game scenario and getting back up to speed. Where he’s at, he’s actually physically fine. I don’t think it’ll take him too long.”
“Maybe even quicker than I’m suggesting.”
We’d love to see Jonas Gutierrez back before the end of January, and we’re sure that will be the case.
Jonas will be very motivated to get back into the swing of things just as soon as he can, after all he’s been through the last 18 months.
And it would be great to have Ryan Taylor and Jonas in the same Newcastle side at some point soon.
They must be two of the bravest players in football right now.
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