Jonas Gutierrez reunion with Fabricio Coloccini doesn’t go according to plan
Jonas Gutierrez signed a one year contract with Defensa y Justicia on Wednesday, setting up the intriguing possibility of a meeting with Fabricio Coloccini on Saturday night.
Both clubs play in the Argentine top division and Jonas’ new club were hosting San Lorenzo and the former Newcastle Captain.
It had all the makings of a great story for the media in Argentina, two such high profile former internationals, facing each other in a domestic league match.
However, it all ended as a bit of a non-event, San Lorenzo picked up an excellent 2-0 away win but Jonas Gutierrez remained on the bench throughout.
As for Fabricio Coloccini, there was no sign of him at all in the visiting team’s 18 man squad.
Presumably, the former Newcastle player has picked up yet another injury – Fabricio Coloccini had made his first league appearance before the international break for San Lorenzo since leaving Newcastle, on Sunday 28 August he played the first 72 minutes as they drew 2-2 at home to San Martin San Juan.
After that debut it was assumed he had been subbed due to lack of match fitness but now it looks to have been because of injury.
Coloccini ended his stay at Newcastle after agreement was reached between player and club for his United contract to be terminated a year early, allowing him to return to Argentina.
Meanwhile, summer 2015 saw Gutierrez signed on a one year deal by Deportivo la Coruna and after fighting back to full fitness made 17 appearances last season. However, only five of those were in the starting eleven, with three of them in La Liga and the other two in the cup competitions.
Deportivo didn’t offer a new contract at the end of the 2015/16 season, which left Jonas Gutierrez as a free agent.
Jonas Gutierrez of course was released by Newcastle United at the end of the 2014/15 season and was successful in a case he brought against Mike Ashley and the club, claiming he had been discriminated against whilst battling cancer.
The level of compensation to be paid by the football club is still to be announced by the tribunal.
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