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Jonas Gutierrez To Play For Newcastle Just Three Months After Cancer Operation

The 31-year-old will return to action against the Under-21s.

Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is continuing his impressive recovery from testicular cancer as he prepares to return to action in an Under-21s match against West Ham United, reports BBC Sport.

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After the Argentine was diagnosed with the disease he underwent an operation in his native country to remove his left testicle in September, before then receiving chemotherapy treatment.

Gutierrez has made a remarkably swift recovery from cancer and ran a marathon last month and returning to the pitch for the Magpies will be another big step in his rehabilitation.

The 31-year-old has not played for Newcastle for almost a year, with his last appearance also being an U21s clash v Leicester City, although he has featured for Norwich City since then.

Gutierrez fell out of favour under manager Alan Pardew before his illness and spent a brief spell on-loan at Carrow Road last season after failing to establish himself at St James’ Park.

The South American does have something of a cult status in the North East though after his influential performances for the club during their campaign in the Championship back in 2009/10.

Since joining the Toon back in 2008 Gutierrez has made 177 appearances for the side in all competitions.

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