Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez made his first appearance for the club last night since winning his battle against testicular cancer.
Unsurprisingly, the Argentine winger was given a standing ovation when he came on against Manchester United and he was clearly emotional before, during and after the game.
He took the captain’s armband, but unfortunately his return wasn’t met with a positive result, as Manchester United scored a late winner to take all three points.
Gutierrez will be sharper for the experience and it’s important he continues to work hard on the training pitch to get back into the best possible shape.
Newcastle don’t play again until they meet Everton in the Premier League next weekend, with the return of the FA Cup fixtures this weekend.
Gutierrez will be wanting to start that game so it’s important he rises to the sporting challenge of forcing his way back into the starting line-up.
He gives Newcastle an extra option in midfield and should only get stronger as he plays more over the rest of the season.
Here are some of the best images of his comeback last night.