Jonas Gutierrez reveals role Bacary Sagna played in diagnosing cancer

The Newcastle defender revealed this week that he has undergone treatment for testicular cancer

Simon Rice
Thursday 18 September 2014 12:01 BST
Gutierrez and Sagna battle for the ball
Gutierrez and Sagna battle for the ball (GETTY IMAGES)

Jonas Gutierrez, who this week revealed he has undergone treatment for testicular cancer, has told how Bacary Sagna played a role in it being initially diagnosed.

The Newcastle midfielder revealed that following the discovery of a tumour last year he has since undergone chemotherapy and had surgery in his native Argentina.

Gutierrez has since explained that the diagnosis came about after a tackle by the then-Arsenal right-back Sagna.

"I had a very hard collision with Sagna in the area of the pubic bone and the genitals. From then I had a lot of pain that wouldn’t go away," he explained.

"I spoke with the doctor after the game and he said, ‘If it doesn’t hurt then don’t worry. Then it was holiday time and I felt the pain more.

"And in September I noticed that the testicle was inflamed.

"I went back to the doctors and they told me to have an ultrasound and detected a tumour. They told me I needed an operation.

"I asked them, ‘Is it cancer?’ and they confirmed that it was. I left the clinic crying.

"In October they operated; I had to rest and they reassured me it had not spread and that I didn't need any more treatment at the moment."

Gutierrez has been flooded with messages of support since speaking publicly, among them former team-mates.

Joey Barton, now at QPR, took to Twitter to post his support to Gutierrez.

"Heard the terrible news about Jonas. Wish him a speedy recovery. Great guy with a great family. My thoughts are with them all," Barton posted on the social media site.

Denmark forward Peter Lovenkrands, who played at Newcastle from 2009 to 2012, also spoke of his concern for Gutierrez. He said on Twitter: "Can't believe the news about my good friend Jonas. Testicle cancer. I wish you a speedy recovery my friend. #SpiderMan #Nufc"

Former Magpies goalkeeper Steve Harper added: "Buena suerte a mi amigo Jonas with his battle with testicular cancer. Great lad and teammate who always gave 100% for the Toon shirt."

Newcastle released a statement this morning in reference to Gutierrez. It read: "Newcastle United can confirm that winger Jonas Gutierrez is continuing to receive treatment in Argentina after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

"The Club has been aware of Jonas' condition for some time but has respected his wish for privacy as he undergoes treatment with his friends and family around him."

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