Shock news as it has now gone public that Jose Enrique is recovering after a 9 hour operation to remove a brain tumour.

The former Newcastle star had a particularly rare and dangerous type of cancer called a chordoma.

He was in England when first feeling unwell, the former defender meeting up with his old Newcastle boss Chris Hughton.

After being taken to hospital and eventually the problem diagnosed, Jose Enrique (pictured above after Newcastle were relegated at Villa Park back in May 2009) elected to return to Spain and have the surgery carried out in a hospital in Valencia.

Now in recovery, best of luck to Jose Enrique.

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Jose Enrique talking to Marca:

“We were meeting with Chris Hughton, the coach of Brighton that I had during my time at Newcastle, and that night I was beginning to get annoyed, I arrived at the hotel and thought they were migraines.

“During the night I had a brutal headache. the next morning my vision was blurry, then I started to see double, I had my eyes open and I saw double, I had to go to the emergency room and after nine hours there I had a CT scan.

“I was sent to St. George’s Hospital in London immediately, specialising in Neurology, I spent two nights there.

“I was then informed It is a tumor located in a complicated area of ​​the head, it is very rare, it is not very usual, it was located behind the eye, that is why I now wear a patch.

“It was a complex surgery, Dr. Simal and his team operated on me last week, I went into the operating room at 9 in the morning and I left at 6 in the afternoon, the tumor was stuck to the artery and it was a complicated intervention.

“They did an exceptional job, I was in the ICU for 24 hours and I am very grateful to the work of Dr. Simal and his medical team.

“They were the worst days of my life, I stayed in bed for five days without moving.

“All this makes values ​​more life, soccer players live in a bubble, it’s an unreal life, you lose yourself and you think you’re invincible.

“I cannot lift anything, I cannot bend, I have the bed adapted to sleep in a position of 30 degrees so that I do not raise the blood pressure of my head

“There are only four (suitable radiotherapy) machines in Europe . My options are to go to Zurich or Paris. I have to receive 35 sessions. I’ll be about month and a half off, but that’s not important. I want to get well.

“It was possible I could stay blind, then I regained my vision and even the doctors were surprised .

“I want to thank my girlfriend, my parents and my brothers, as well as Dr. Simal, his team and La Fe hospital.”

The Mag – 6 September 2017:

Jose Enrique says ‘it comes with a very heavy heart’ as he announces his retirement from professional football.

He managed 27 second tier appearances for Real Zaragoza last season but ongoing knee problems have forced him to pack it in at the age of only 31.

After leaving Newcastle for Liverpool in a £6m move in summer 2011, Jose Enrique made 58 Premier League starts over the course of his first two seasons but only eight in the following three years.

In the relegation season (2015/16), Enrique was on the verge of a return to Newcastle as United were struggling  for defenders, Liverpool were prepared to release him but NUFC wouldn’t pay the wages asked for.

Easily Fat Sam’s best signing (not great competition!), Jose Enrique (like a few others) really found his feet in the Championship season of 2009/10 and excelled when playing 36 Premier League matches in 2010/11.

A decent defender and excellent on the ball, he and Jonas Gutierrez had an unorthodox but excellent partnership, which usually saw Jose Enrique providing most of the threat going forward and Jonas filling in behind him defensively when required.

When leaving for Liverpool, Enrique upset many fans when saying it was because of the lack of ambition at the club, with Mike Ashley to blame because he wasn’t willing to keep the club’s best players and build the club/team up.

Ironic that we are at a point now where many Newcastle fans are very passionate in saying they wouldn’t blame Rafa Benitez for walking away because of that lack of backing/ambition from Ashley.

At the end of the day though, no fan wants to see one of their best players walk away and saying how rubbish their club is, even if they know in reality the owner has made a joke of Newcastle United.

Jose Enrique:

“It comes with a very heavy heart today to announce my retirement from professional football.

“It’s been a very hard decision to take and accept.

“I would of loved to have played more years at my best level if my body would of let me but all good things have to come to an end and more in football.

“I just want to say a huge thanks to all of the fans and clubs who have supported me throughout my career.

“You have been the best!

“I have been blessed to play for some of the best teams in the world, with some of the best players in the world. these memories will stay with me forever.

“Thank you.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Let`s hope he makes a full recovery

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Speedy recovery Jose

  • Peter C

    I wish him well, and hope he makes a full recovery.

    A very decent left back, not the best I’ve seen in a Newcastle shirt, but certainly not the worst.

    All the best, and here’s to a swift return to good health.

    Jose

  • Kneebotherm8

    Jose was spot on about Ashleys lack of ambition.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Jose had him sussed

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Get well soon El Toro.

  • Alex

    A canny player and a canny bloke – just used as one of many pawns in Ashley’s ‘money generator’ game. Good luck for the future, Jose.

  • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

    A very solid full back when he found his feet. Made a mistake going to Liverpool but can understand why he went. I remember seeing him in Tesco extra car park as I was walking in, he was walking out eating a doughnut. Get well soon lad.

    • Callum

      Cool story bro, have you got time to tell it again?

      • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

        Anytime you want in person, I go home away don’t miss any games take your pick and let me know Callum.

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂😂

        • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

          You took your meds the day?

          • TheNutJob

            😂😂😂😂😂

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Your a keyboard warrior nothing more.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Believe you me he`s not a keyboard warrior.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            I disagree to both your comments. Cba it’s a Saturday night better things to do. Have a good night.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Absolute [email protected] pad. Would like to meet some people of the mag we can discuss like adults,hopefully one day. The mag seems to be your life along with lots of other sad cases on here.

          • TheFatController

            Is that meant to be ironic ?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            you should calm down pal, as for him being a [email protected] he`s far from that.

          • Geordieguy

            Hope that’s ironic. Thought you were one of the clever ones on here. Please don’t support edl rubbish

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            He doesn`t support the EDL

      • Geordieguy

        Yes it’s a fascinating story with the tesco doughnut thing . Can’t believe that it didn’t make the papers

        • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

          Just one of them random meaningless things that sometimes stick in people’s heads. Just the fact he was a athlete and there he is scoffing a doughnut in about two bites. But anything I say on the mag people jump on all because of my name I post under. Like I’ve said a million times now I will happily meet anyone of the mag face to face to discuss anything that bothers them about me, we are all adults. I go home away never miss a game so there’s plenty chance to meet me, there seems to be alot of keyboard warriors with wolfpack mentality on the mag, and that’s not my style. People need to grow up and act like men.

          • Geordieguy

            I wasn’t talking to you I was talking to callum but you’re last comment on everybody acting like men suggests that you’re a neanderthal

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Care to elaborate on how saying people should grow up and act like men is neanderthel talk? 2018 snowflake generation/society at it’s best!

          • Geordieguy

            So anyone who believes in sexual equality is a snowflake ? Grow up caveman

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            You are talking absolute jibba jabba linking the saying act like men with sexual equality, your obviously a very sensitive soul and had very different upbringings

          • Geordieguy

            So who is supposed to act to act like men? All of us despite fifty percent being the opposite it’s schoolyard insults like you’re a bit of a girl aren’t you?

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Wasting me time with you, your a lunatic and the definition of deluded. The offer is always there for you or anyone on here to meet me at any game home or away to discuss anything that bothers people about me. You know where to find me. It’s a Saturday night and I’ve got better things to be doing, enjoy your night pet.

          • Geordieguy

            And still no response from the ashley fanboys regarding the press regulator ruling that comparisons to Kim Jong un regarding Mike ashley are fair. How much longer do I have to wait? It’s all gone quiet

          • Geordiegiants

            You need to check on your facts first, you go on about equality, then call lhc#freetommyrobinson. He is fighting the Muslim religion which treats women unfairly, like covering them up, forcing them to walk behind their men, being stoned alive for talking to a man thats not her husband or raped whenever her husband wants sex. Yes that’s all included in the book of hate. Read what he is fighting for not what the media want you to believe. Tommy Robinson is fighting for equality for EVERYONE and our country to be equal, not make exceptions for people who read a book. He isn’t racist at all he is fighting an extreme form of religion, its Alright for you to tell me or him about equality, but the moment a Muslim comes into it, it’s fogotten about. HYPOCRISY!!!!! Just like the religion it’s self.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Nicely put.

          • Geordiegiants

            Thank you 👍

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Would not worry to much. I am probably the most hated person on here certainly in the top four. I go to all the games
            and in the top fifteen supporters. You get stick because of your log in name but most people on here have not got a clue why he is in jail and would be horrified to know why.
            On a different note when I got back from Kiev the first time at Newcastle Airport Ketsbaia joined the massive taxi queue while the rest of the players got picked up in posh cars.

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            You got the nail on the head there in regards to people not having a clue etc and that’s class about ketsbia 😂 he was always a little bit unique! First European I got to away was Marseille in 03/04. Great experience at a young age.

          • Geordieguy

            Showing your true colours there then. And you still haven’t responded to my posts regarding the press regulator ruling that comparisons to Kim Jong un are fair regarding ashley. A day and a half and still no replies from the ashley fanboys

          • TheFatController

            They’re helping Kim Jong Un come to terms with how the world sees him, maybe?

            Whilst he can handle being universally derided and openly called a murderer, humanitarian rights offender etc, even the thickest of skins does not deflect the hurt of being compared to Ashley.

            We all know Kim Jong Un can hold his beer, for starters …

          • Geordieguy

            That’s true. He’s never puked in the fireplace to the best of my knowledge

          • TheFatController

            He’s never employed Dennis Wise either.

          • Geordieguy

            He’s got some standards

          • TheFatController

            Apparently Dennis Wise is not quite as good at murder and human rights abuses as he is signing xisco for £7m on £30k a week for 5 years…

            KJU: ‘I’d want at least two goals for that amount…’

            DW: ‘lets say one goal, but a league one, and its a deal…?’

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Ashley employs 17,300 people and gave 2,100 of them a staggering £21,000 bonus a couple of years ago when the high street is falling apart. Most if not all are very grateful to him for employment. The carry on re minimum wage was just because people got searched and they claimed the time it took meant their wages were lower pathetic.

          • Geordieguy

            How many got a bonus? The rest are minimum wage zero hours contracts . And still no answer re my original argument

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Idiot

          • Magpie68

            Do you wantto elaborate why Robinson is in jail

          • Magpie68

            Do you want to elaborate on why Johnson is in jail. I look forward your staunch defence of a right wing bigot whose disruption of a paedophile grooming gangs court case was somehow advancing the rights of children. Before replying you need to have a cogent understanding of his edl links and who he has failed to condem for the very crime of paedophilia. Go to it.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I am not defending anyone but whenever the gentleman on here posts any thing on here they do not read what he says just have a go at him for his posting name. On your other point he was jailed for reporting a court case which seems strange indeed.

          • TheFatController

            They put reporting bans on cases to ensure the jury remain impartial to ensure a fair trial, this being a civilized society (exactly like you saying someone shouldn’t be judged on their username whilst not having his posts read).

            To report on a trial and thus potentially influence the jury means the judge has no choice but to cancel the court case to instate a brand new jury, at huge expense to the taxpayer of the cost of the trial to that point.

            So why would it be strange, when the law states it’s an offence punishable with a prison sentence, that he was jailed ?

            Does the law not apply ? Nothing strange about what happened at all. He broke the law.

          • TheFatController

            I have you in the top 10 supporters, who do you think is ahead of you 10-14?

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            My mate was the no one supporter but got shot down by the Russians he missed only one game since Sept 1973 Watford away in the league cup when his mother died. He gave his life for Newcastle. No one supporter now is from Seghill.

          • TheFatController

            Have you hacked into the club (aka SD) computer?

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            you`re not hated, you should take things with a pinch of salt
            we all have views & we`re all entitled to express them,
            it`s not your fault your a maniac

          • TheFatController

            Speak for yourself ;)

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😃.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Thanks for that thought you were a mate as your comments were not as bad as the rest must have been mistaken.

          • TheFatController

            It was s throwaway comment, I agree with MMM, and you should take my comment with a pinch of salt also.

            We’re all concerned for a return to full health for Jose, United in our thoughts for him and his family after a traumatic experience.

          • nufcslf

            Any sensible grown up adult should see through Cashley. I would rather talk face to face especially with the fact I f**king hate typing, but beeing 4 and half thousand miles away puts a bit of a damper on that. Cashley is scum and should f**k off the same.

          • Geordiegiants

            #freetommyrobinson 👍
            It was a funny comment though 😂🤣😂🤣😂

          • Lhc#Freetommyrobinson

            Cheers I agree. N yea it’s an exhilarating story! Just one of them random things that stuck in my head.

  • Wor Lass

    Best wishes, amigo!

  • Paul Patterson

    Get well soon Jose.

  • panther

    aye, good player, hope he makes a full recovery, was bang on about Ashley, hope he makes a full recovery

  • Wezza147

    Hope he is ok and makes a full recovery!

    ‘Mike Ashley to blame because he wasn’t willing to keep the club’s best players and build the club/team up.’

    Still isn’t.

    ‘many Newcastle fans are very passionate in saying they wouldn’t blame Rafa Benitez for walking away because of that lack of backing/ambition from Ashley.’

    Indeed because many NUFC fans know how he operates and it will never change. If Rafa does leave there will be a massive PR exercise to put all the blame on Rafa, one that we must be weary of and see through,

    • nufcslf

      So very true, but the sheep that go to matches under any circumstances won’t.

  • TheNutJob

    good player, knew the score with the Fat Gringo, get well soon Jose

  • ghostrider

    Good luck to Enrique and hopefully he makes a full recovery so he can enjoy life again with his family and friends.

  • Leicester Mag

    Some things transcend football. Thoughts of every fan with you

  • magpiefifer

    My thoughts are very much with Jose -I lost a relative to a brain tumour.
    Unfortunate photo choice by the way!

    • Peaky

      Aye you’re right…..Jose flanked by two of the biggest twa*s ever to don the black n white shirt……..Good Luck Pitbull…

      • magpiefifer

        Not just that – it looks like it was taken at Villa Park on relegation day!!

        • TheNutJob

          i think you`re right

          • Geordiegiants

            It was yes 🤣😂🤣😬

        • Peaky

          Of course…didn’t realise that.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Was a great player and wish him a speedy recovery and the best of health in the future. Career wise not the best of moves going to Liverpool. On a different note great to see a Liverpool player going to Juventus this week saying signing for a proper club that wins trophies. Now that made me happy.

    • TheFatController

      As I’m sure you’re already aware, if you’re happy we’re happy

      • TheNutJob

        and so say all of us
        😂😂😂

    • Peter Graham

      You’re an effing moron

  • East Durham Mag

    Best wishes for a full recovery Jose.

  • nufcslf

    Get well soon and a big shame it has been serious enough to end his playing days. Just shows you never know. Sad though it is never fatty on the end of this type of article…