As reported by The Shields Gazette, recovering Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez is on the verge of a return to action at St. James’s Park – and Alan Pardew wants a full show of support from the Toon army.
The former Argentina international was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this year and it was revealed in September that he was being treated with chemotherapy, followed by two months of recuperation.
He’s been back in training at Darsley Park for only a week, but to the delight of fans on Tyneside and throughout the footballing world, Magpies manager Pardew has revealed that the industrious wideman will feature in a reserves match against West Ham on Monday.
“That is his first game for a while, he has obviously done a lot of running and been looking after himself,” Pardew told reporters in his weekly press conference.
“He had trained with a team in Argentina with a football but is still a bit rusty with it, that will come. It’s great for everybody to have him back and also good for everyone to see him back in a Newcastle shirt.”
The Newcastle manager then appealed to any Magpies followers willing to show additional support to Guttierez; “It will be good if a few of our fans want to travel to the game on Monday.”
Newcastle take on local rivals Sunderland on Sunday in the hotly anticipated Tyne-Wear derby.