Fellow footballers took to Twitter to celebrate the Argentine's return against Manchester United.
Newcastle United may have suffered a last-gasp 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday night, but there was more than enough reason to celebrate after Jonas Gutierrez made his long-awaited return to the pitch.
After appearing as unused substitute in the weekend’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa, the Argentine winger made his long-awaited comeback in the 65th-minute of United clash, replacing Ryan Taylor at left-back for his first senior run out since recovering from testicular cancer.
Receiving a standing ovation from the St James’ Park crowd, close friend and compatriot Fabriccio Coloccini handed him the captain’s armband as soon as he stepped onto the pitch, as the Toon hero would go on to complete his first outing for the club since October 2013.
Speaking at the final whistle, the versatile midfielder refused to let the disappointing result hide his delight, and continued to stress how thankful he remains for all the support he received during his illness.
"I will remember for the rest of my life the reception,” he told the BBC. “I'm really happy with the reception and the support the fans gave me and the support through the illness.
"The support I have had from clubs all around the world, they don't matter about the shirt, it has helped me keep fighting. For people having the trouble I have been through, you have to be positive. If you believe in the heart you can beat the problems, you can."
The footballing world was just as pleased to see Gutierrez back fit and in action, with Newcastle colleagues Paul Dummett and Adam Armstrong both taking to Twitter to hail his return, as well as a number of ex-teammates and fellow professionals.
Absolutely over the moon to see @elgalgojonas back on that football pitch, what a guy he is— Adam Campbell (@adamcampbell_) March 4, 2015
Good to see Gutierrez back— DM (@DavidMeyler7) March 4, 2015
Colo gives Jonas the armband as he comes on, what a gesture!!— Stephen Harper (@steveharper37) March 4, 2015