Jonas Gutierrez reveals role Fabricio Coloccini played in his recovery

CLOSE FRIENDS ... Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini.
CLOSE FRIENDS ... Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini.

JONAS Gutierrez has revealed the part Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini played in helping him beat cancer.

Gutierrez returned to Newcastle this week after getting the all-clear after his cancer battle.

And he linked up again with close friend Coloccini who has given his fellow Argentine ‘a lot of support’ over the last year.

The pair both joined Newcastle in the summer of 2008 under manager kevin Keegan.

“Colo has been a really big help,” said Jonas.

“He is like part of my family, we have spent a lot of time in Newcastle together, so he always knew about my situation and he gave me a lot of support.

“It’s something very special that we have with Fabricio and our families.

“We are really close friends – and what I tell you before, he is part of my family.”