Jonas Gutierrez has taken to Twitter to say that he is proud to have made his Newcastle United comeback this afternoon.
The Argentine winger was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier in the year, but he has beaten the disease and made a remarkably quick return to football.
It was a comeback which has pleased the entire footballing world, and Gutierrez is grateful for the support he has received during the difficult period.
Thanks to all the fans for the support that you give through my illness, i am proud to be back. Good game and really happy. Thanks— jonas gutierrez (@elgalgojonas) December 22, 2014
Gutierrez wore the captain's armband for the Newcastle Under-21 side, and he led by example in the 4-1 win against West Ham United.
Goals from Gael Bigirimana, Adam Campbell, Cal Roberts and Liam Gibson provided the Mapgies with the win, but the most pleasing feature of the match was unquestionably Gutierrez's successful comeback.
The Argentine played 87 minutes of the contest and looked at home on the pitch again.
Gutierrez played his last competitive match back in April, when on a loan spell at Norwich City, and the 31-year-old's next hope will be to put the Newcastle shirt back on in a fixture for the senior side.