It was great to see Jonas Gutierrez on the bench for the first time in a long time, and certainly for the first time since he beat testicular cancer last year.
Jonas Gutierrez waves to Newcastle fans while warming up
And when Jonas was warming up he was given an ovation by the Newcastle crowd, but didn’t get into the game today – a great 1-0 win against Aston Villa.
This is what Jonas said after the game:
“It was really important to be back. It was the first step so it’s good for me.” “I got a very good reception and I have to say thanks to the fans. They gave me support through my illness and since I arrived at Newcastle.”
“I always think it is a second chance when I have gone through illness. You start thinking differently about life.” “I enjoy every moment so it is a big step to be back involved in the squad and be involved.”
“To be part of the training and the team makes me really happy at the moment.” “It’s a long time since the last time I was involved. I am happy to be back but the most important thing is the three points for the team. That is the most important thing of the day.”
“I am here to help the team. The most important thing is to continue with my fitness, and I feel really good. Then you have to get games so I go to enjoy it.” “If I get a minute or ten minutes to improve and to be to the best of my level, great. But the most important thing is we win.”
Jonas has proved his guts in the way he fought against his cancer and went through some extremely difficult chemotherapy treatments – but he emerged at the end of it cancer free.
We’d just love to see Jonas get on against Manchester United on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park – that’s what the Geordie fans want to see.
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