Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has testicular cancer. The winger had returned to Argentina when the illness was diagnosed.
The 31-year-old spoke to TyC Sports when he revealed the devastating news.
“I detected a tumor in a testicle. When I confirmed the cancer, I went home crying.
“I came here and I assumed the costs despite having a contract with Newcastle. Money is not important. What is important is my health. I had to start chemotherapy.
“I had the operation in Argentina. I returned to England and Newcastle told me to leave.”
“Fighting cancer makes the rest of the problems insignificant. I decided to tell my story because maybe this will help people who have cancer.”
It is believed that Newcastle were aware of the Argentinians ill health but did not reveal the news out of respect for the 31-year-old’s privacy. The former Real Mallorca midfielder signed for Newcastle in 2008 and went on to make 194 appearances, scoring eleven goals during his time with the Magpies.
Gutierrez has also been capped 22 times by Argentina and was included in their squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The 31-year-old was out of favour with Newcastle last season and moved to Norwich City in January in a loan deal until the end of the season.
The Argentine made four appearances for Norwich but they ultimately could not prevent relegation with Chris Hughton being sacked the end of the season.
The highlight of the former Argentina international’s career is arguably winning the Argentine domestic title in 2005 with Velez Sarsfield, where he made 33 appearances before moving to La Liga club Mallorca.
Renowned for his tireless work rate and leadership, Newcastle could certainty do with the experienced Argentine in their side. Lets hope that the midfielder, known as the ‘greyhound’ or ‘el gago’ can make a full recovery from this illness.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.