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Monday 18 December 2017

Gutierrez set for comeback

Jonas Gutierrez could make an emotional return for Newcastle this weekend after winning his battle against testicular cancer.

The 31-year-old Argentina midfielder, who last featured for the Magpies at Cardiff on October 2, 2013, is in the squad for tomorrow's Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

Gutierrez, who is out of contract at the end of the season, looked to have played his last game for the club when he held talks with Velez Sarsfield earlier this month but has been brought back into the fold.

Head coach John Carver said: "I'm going to bring Jonas Gutierrez into the squad, and there's a possibility he could be on the bench this weekend. That's a huge lift for him, and for everyone else around the club."

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