Photos: Jonas Gutierrez all smiles in Newcastle first-team training

The Magpies star was training with the first team ahead of this weekend's clash with Southampton.

What a journey it's been for Jonas Gutierrez.

The Newcastle United star was diagnosed with cancer last year but has battled his way back to football. First, there was his return to training. Then, a clash for the Newcastle Under-21s.

Now, Gutierrez is practicing with the Newcastle first team - could a first-team return be on the cards soon?

The Argentine was all smiles in training as he was pictured conversing with fellow countryman Fabricio Coloccini.

The 31-year-old recently admitted Newcastle fans chanting his name brought him to tears but his reception will be even more vibrant should he manage to turn out for the first team.

Southampton are up next at St James' Park during Saturday's late kick-off.

Newcastle are still without a full-time manager for the clash, with John Carver currently in caretaker charge of the club.

The Saints are flying high after winning their first game at Old Trafford for 27 years last weekend, a result which pushed them into third in the table.

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