Jonas Gutierrez is one positive piece of news this week in what has not been a particularly good week for Newcastle United, after we lost to Manchester United 1-0 at home on Wednesday night by giving away a stupid goal one minute from the end of normal time.
Jonas Gutierrez – in action on Wednesday night
Jonas made a return to the Newcastle first team and he got a terrific ovation from the home fans when he came and replaced another Newcastle hero – Ryan Taylor – after 65 minutes of the game.
And one interesting thing Jonas has revealed, is that he received many messages from Sunderland fans in support of him, as he gradually won his fight against testicular cancer over the last eighteen months.
This is what Jonas has said today, and he is grateful for the support form Sunderland fans:
“The support of my family and friends, my girlfriend was important, as well as the messages from the fans,” “You see how the people are. They don’t care what team they support.”
“All football fans send messages of support. I was very pleased to receive them all and they include messages from Sunderland fans.”
“Derbies are hard in the North East and they said they wanted me to be back. Football is one thing, but being healthy is more important.”
“At times like that, you saw where the football family is.” “The reception from Newcastle’s fans was unbelievable. It was a long wait so it was emotional. I have to say thanks for all their support they have sent me.”
“A lot of things go on your mind in that moment. All the things that you had to go through, the moments you were away from the pitch and you had the treatment. There was a lot of things that you think about. It was so emotional and I enjoyed it a lot. I had to say thanks to all their support.”
“Since I’ve had my cancer and had my treatment I just thought day by day,” “My first step was to be healthy again. After the doctor said I had recovered, I started thinking I want to train and want to prove how I feel.”
“At the beginning, of course, it was hard because the body has to get used to the training. My body started feeling better and better and that was a big point, to make me be here.”
“Now I want more and day by day I am improving.”
Sunderland fans have shown once again how compassionate they can be, and they were simply magnificent in their support of John Alder and Liam Sweeney, when the loyal Newcastle fans lost their lives in supporting Newcastle United on July 17th over Ukraine.
We play Sunderland on 5th April and we hope Jonas will be part of that derby game at the Stadium of Light.
Maybe Jonas can help us break the Sunderland four game winning streak.
Somebody needs to help us break the streak – and what a story it would be if Jonas could score or set up the winning goal in April.
It’s possible – anything Jonas wants to do these days is possible – and the 31 year-old Argentine knows that.
We need to beat Sunderland on April 5th.
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