When Jonas Gutierrez came onto the field on Wednesday night after 65 minutes, it was fitting gesture from Argentine colleague and close friend Fabricio Coloccini to hand him the captain’s armband.
Gutierrez receives armband from Coloccini
The last time Jonas had played for Newcastle was at Cardiff in late October as a 71 st minute substitute in the 2-1 win, and he had a good game to secure Newcastle the win via two goals from Loic Remy.
The Newcastle captain has talked about Jonas today:
“It was great to see Jonas back because he is a close friend of mine. I think everyone in the squad was very happy to see him back.”
“It was a small thing I could do for him after the bad times he had. Little things like that to support him can make a big difference. I think it was something special for him in front of our fans in our stadium.”
“He’s played here for many years and he always gives everything when he’s on this pitch and in this stadium. I am very happy and very proud to see him back in the team.”
Hopefully we will see Jonas continue in the squad and get some games over the last 10 games of the season, since we had more bad news yesterday after the media frenzy about Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans spitting at each other.
Both players have been charged by the FA and Papiss essentially admitted to the charge yesterday in his statement, while Evans has denied he ever spit at the Newcastle’s striker.
We should know tomorrow what the damage is, but it looks like Cisse may receive a seven game ban.
Anyway, on the positive side of things – it’s good to have Jonas back.
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