Jonas Gutierrez: Newcastle winger discharged after cancer treatment

Jonas Gutierrez
Jonas Gutierrez joined Newcastle from Real Mallorca in July 2008

Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has been discharged from hospital following treatment for testicular cancer.

The 31-year-old had an operation in his native Argentina to remove his left testicle in September after the discovery of a tumour, before undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Writing in Spanish on Twitter, the Argentina international said: "Today I was given a medical discharge.

"Thank you very much to all who accompanied me at this time."

Jonas Gutierrez factfile
Joined Newcastle from Mallorca in July 2008 on a five-year contract
Signed a new four-year deal in September 2011
Made his first appearance for Argentina in February 2007, and played for his country in 2010 World Cup

Newcastle expressed their joy at the news on social media, writing: "Everyone at #NUFC is delighted to share the news that @elgalgojonas has been discharged from hospital in Argentina."

Gutierrez, who had a spell on loan at Norwich last season, has scored 10 goals in 177 league appearances for the Magpies since joining the club in 2008.

He became a fans' favourite when he played a starring role in helping the club win the Championship in his second season in the north-east.

After being largely overlooked by manager Alan Pardew last season, Gutierrez joined Norwich for the second half of the campaign, where he made his last league appearance in a 1-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion in April.

Testicular cancer - facts
It usually affects men between the ages of 15 and 49
It is relatively uncommon, accounting for 1% of all cancers that occur in men
It is one of the most treatable types of cancer. More than 96% of men with early-stage testicular cancer will be completely cured
Go to the NHS website for more details

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