Newcastle United welcomed Jonas Gutierrez on to the pitch for his first competitive match for the club since featuring for the Under-21s against Leicester City last January.
The traumatic news hit home for the 31-year-old when he found out that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer resulting in a trip back to Argentina for treatment before making a Premier League return with a loan move to Norwich City, which saw him spend a further four months off the pitch until he had to hang up his boots and hope for the best.
Several teams showed their respectable support for the Argentine through messages such as a large banner shown by Hull fans in September whilst Swansea City displayed an appropriate notice on the big screen during October.
Big footballing names also took to social media in order to offer their support. Fellow countryman Sergio Aguero tweeted "much love for my bro Jonas. Get well soon" whilst Wayne Rooney commented "terrible news about Jonas. Send my best wishes to him and those close to him."
Thankfully, in November the 31-year-old was delivered with the most delightful news of his life; an all-clear.
Return to action
His highly anticipated return to St James' Park is still waiting in the wings but he featured for the first time as he continues from where he left off with, playing in an under-21s on Monday night against West Ham United, playing 88 minutes in a 2-1 victory.
Newcastle's official website explained: "The Argentine ace returned to Tyneside earlier this month after overcoming cancer and, having taken part in training in recent days, will now make his playing comeback against the Hammers as an over-age player at Whitley Park.
"Ironically, Gutierrez made his last appearance in black and white in the same competition just under a year ago, when United beat Leicester City 2-1 at the same venue."
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