Returning Newcastle United star Jonas Gutierrez does not consider himself a hero

Jonas Gutierrez

The Argentine winger recently returned to football after a lengthy absence with testicular cancer.

On Wednesday Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez completed a quite remarkable comeback. The Argentine came on in the 65th minute of Newcastle's tie with Manchester United at St James Park and it was the first time he played since featuring for Norwich City during a loan spell in April 2014.

He was of course not out through injury, but illness, after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2013. He left the game in April to undergo chemotherapy and, nearly a year later, made his astonishing comeback.

But despite the praise and kind words in his direction the Argentine winger has made it clear he does not consider himself a hero.

He was speaking to Marca this weekend when he stated:

"Neither of the two [I don't see myself as a hero]. I just want to share my experiences so others can benefit."

It is certainly a typical answer from the humble wide man. However, his dignity and perseverance in coming back from his debilitating and life-threatening illness is admirable in the extreme.

Whether he considers himself a hero or not is irrelevant. Because Newcastle United fans, and football fans around the world, have already decided he is.

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