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Monday 11 December 2017

Jonas Gutierrez to return for Newcastle after cancer battle

Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez could make an emotional return against Aston Villa this weekend after beating cancer
Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez could make an emotional return against Aston Villa this weekend after beating cancer

Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez could make his first Newcastle appearance since October 2013 after being included in the squad for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

The 31-year-old Argentina international returns to contention following his successful battle against testicular cancer, and is assured of a warm welcome at St James' Park.

Full-back Daryl Janmaat has recovered from the knock he picked up during the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City, but Cheick Tiote is likely to miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery and will join fellow midfielders Siem de Jong (collapsed lung), Remy Cabella (knee) and the suspended Jack Colback, as well as defenders Steven Taylor (Achilles) and Paul Dummett (knee), on the sidelines.

Provisional squad: Krul, Woodman, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara, R. Taylor, Anita, Abeid, Sissoko, Gouffran, Ameobi, Obertan, Gutierrez, Cisse, Riviere, Perez, Armstrong.

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