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Jonas Gutierrez Battles Cancer Without Help From Newcastle United

7 years ago

Last night we brought you the shock news that [intlink id=”47452″ type=”post”]Jonas Gutierrez was fighting testicular cancer[/intlink].

The Newcastle player went public last night about his situation as he feels it may help others in a similar position.

Jonas revealed in an interview with TYC Sports over in Argentina, that the problem started when playing for Newcastle against Arsenal on the final day of the 2012/13 season, in a collision with Bacary Sagna he took a blow to the genital area.

As you will see from the quotes below, Jonas’ comments present yet another less than perfect picture of how Newcastle United now operate, with the player stating he paid for all his own treatment and Newcastle told him to leave once he returned after surgery, rather than making sure he stayed within an environment that was familiar and with friends such as Coloccini.

The decision to get the treatment in Argentina was the player’s though, as he told Newcastle United that he would have a better understanding of what the doctors would be explaining to him.

On a positive note though, Jonas is staying positive and has used his Twitter account to thank everybody for their support; ‘Thanks for all the messages, always looking forward.’

Jonas Gutierrez speaking to TYC Sports;

“I noticed it (left testicle) start to swell, then once I had a scan they told me that I had to have surgery the next day.

“I asked if it was cancer and they said ‘yes’, they confirmed that they had detected a tumour in one of my testicles.

“When the cancer was confirmed I went home crying.

“I came here (to Argentina) and I took care of the costs, despite being contracted to Newcastle. Money isn’t important and what matter is your health, I then had to undergo chemotherapy.

“I underwent the surgery in Argentina and they removed my left testicle.

“I then went back to England and Newcastle told me to leave. I was shocked because I had played consistently for five years.

“It was hard to see my hair falling out, I didn’t want to cut it – I wanted to hold on.

“Fighting cancer makes the rest of the problems insignificant.

“I decided to tell my story because it might other people who have cancer.”


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