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Football fans celebrated tonight after Jonas Gutierrez made an inspirational return to competitive first team action in the Premier League.
The versatile Argentinian had been through hell and back after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2013.
He eventually beat the disease and made his first appearance in 17 months for Newcastle against Manchester United.
When he came on the pitch, Gutierrez was greeted to rapturous applause from every fan in the stadium, no matter their allegiance.
We can imagine it was a very emotional moment for the player, made all the more special by the fact that he was given the captain’s armband when he came on.
There had been rumours surrounding whether or not he would make any further appearances for Newcastle as there is said to be a trigger in his contract.
You can see how social media reacted to Gutierrez’s return in the tweets below.
Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez returns to action for first time in 17 months and takes the captain’s armband. pic.twitter.com/WSIkTPBAil
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 4, 2015
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 4, 2015
Jonas Gutierrez comes on for Newcastle for the first time since beating testicular cancer. Cancer 0-1 Gutierrez. pic.twitter.com/EdRGWMkIrO
— Eurosport.com (@EurosportCom_EN) March 4, 2015
Jonas Gutierrez makes his first appearance for Newcastle in 17 months. Captain’s armband, obviously. Welcome back. pic.twitter.com/Zj434hHOmA
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 4, 2015
Standing ovation for Jonas Gutierrez as he comes on at St James’ Park 11 months after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. Lovely moment.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 4, 2015
— Busby Bulletin (@BusbyBulletin) March 4, 2015
Absolutely wonderful to see Jonas Gutierrez back playing football after battling testicular cancer. A standing ovation by the Toon Army.
— FK² (@fkhanage) March 4, 2015
Jonas Gutierrez is coming on. John Carver smiled as he told him the good news. Standing ovation here. #NUFCvMUFC
— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) March 4, 2015