Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez who recently announced that he is suffering from testicular cancer has told the remarkable story of how a tackle by Bacary Sagna may have helped save his life.
The 31-year-old has now revealed how the diagnosis of the illness came about following a tackle by, then Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna.
‘I had a very hard collision with Sagna in the area of the pubic bone and the genitals. From then I had a lot of pain that wouldn’t go away,’ he said.
‘I spoke with the doctor after the game and he said, ‘If it doesn’t hurt then don’t worry. Then it was holiday time and I felt the pain more.
‘And in September I noticed that the testicle was inflamed.
‘I went back to the doctors and they told me to have an ultrasound and detected a tumour. They told me I needed an operation.
‘I asked them, ‘Is it cancer?’ and they confirmed that it was. I left the clinic crying.
‘In October they operated; I had to rest and they reassured me it had not spread and that I didn’t need any more treatment at the moment.’
Newcastle United were thought to have known about the illness for a number of months but did not reveal the news out of respect for the former Argentinian international’s privacy.
The 31-year-old revealed the devastating news only days ago in an interview with TyC Sports in his native Argentina.
“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.”
Lets hope that the midfielder who has been a loyal servant to Newcastle United, notably playing for the club in the Championship while still playing for Argentina’s national team, can make a full recovery and return to the football field in the near future.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.