Jonas Gutierrez is still recovering from a ruptured patella tendon.
Now 35, the Newcastle cult hero picked up the serious injury back in August, just two games into his second spell with Argentine club Defensa Y Justicia.
The recovery time is put at a minimum of six months, which means it will be into 2019 before the Argentine international has any chance of playing again.
Whenever I see anybody prepared to cut Mike Ashley a bit of slack, in terms of hoping that he is changing his ways at Newcastle United, I think of Jonas.
Ashley’s conduct towards the Newcastle fans and club legends Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan was bad enough – but truly unforgivable what Mike Ashley and is willing minions did when discriminating against Jonas Gutierrez when the player found out he had cancer.
It simply proved the type of scum we have owning/running the football club.
Jonas sums up everything that is good about Newcastle United, so genuine and always giving is best, the polar opposite of Mike Ashley.
It is over three years since Ashley got rid of the Argentine winger, the infamous phone call with Mike Ashley ordering John Carver to ring Ryan Taylor to tell him he was being released, then getting him to pass the phone to Jonas Gutierrez to tell him he wasn’t being offered a new contract.
Not the most unexpected news but what a way to treat a player who had given the club so much over seven years.
Mike Ashley hasn’t put off Jonas continuing to support the club and yet again yesterday he was active on his Twitter account, saying he was waiting to watch the Southampton match on TV, saying ‘Come on Newcastle United. In Rafa we believe.’
He proved to be a little off with his prediction of a first win of the season but he say he knows that he will back at in Newcastle one day, a place where he declares he spent the best seven years of his life!
“Never be forgotten Geordie nation, thanks for your support.
“Always watching and support the team. The best of luck.
“Once a Geordie forever a Geordie.
“Missing the city and all the great moment over my seven years at the club.
“Waiting to watch Newcastle.
“Hope one day I could be back, To fight together. Always a Geordie.
“Come on Newcastle United.
“In Rafa we believe. Come on Newcastle United, today we start with 3 points.
“Easy question, best moment in your life ? My 7 years in Newcastle.
“Thanks Geordie nation for your support. I know I will be back soon or later.”