Jonas Gutierrez given all-clear in his battle with testicular cancer

The Newcastle winger took to Twitter to thank family and friends

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Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has been given the all-clear in his fight with cancer.

The 31-year-old Newcastle winger (pictured running a marathon last month) revealed that he was undergoing chemotherapy following the diagnosis of testicular cancer in his native Argentina in September.

But he took to Twitter on Monday evening to announce, in Spanish: "Today I was given a medical discharge.

"Thank you very much to all who accompanied me at this time, especially my family, my parents, brothers, godmother, friends and @alemaglietti"

Gutierrez then retweeted congratulatory messages from followers, while Newcastle also tweeted their congratulations, posting: "Everyone at #NUFC is delighted to share the news that @elgalgojonas has been discharged from hospital in Argentina #UnitedWithJonas'."

Gutierrez joined Newcastle from Real Mallorca in July 2008 and became a fans' favourite when he played a starring role in helping the club win the Championship in his second season in the north-east.

However, he was largely unused by manager Alan Pardew last season and was allowed to join Norwich on loan for the second half of the campaign, where he made his last league appearance in the Canaries' 1-0 defeat to West Brom in April.

Additional reporting from PA