JONAS Gutierrez could be back in Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United squad in a matter of weeks.
The winger returned to the club last week after successfully undergoing treatment for testicular cancer.
And United manager Pardew doesn’t believe it will be long before he is pushing for a first-team recall.
“Jonas is one of those people who livens up the training ground just by his personality,” said Pardew.
“Of course, with him recovering from his illness, that’s been magnified.
“We’re really pleased to have him back. He is finding his feet a little bit.
“He hasn’t been around the ball much, but he looks in pretty good shape.
“We hope in two or three weeks, he will be in and around us.
“He is keen to get back in amongst us and earn his right to play in the first team again.
“Like any player, I have got to give him an even keel, and he will get that.
“Now it is up to Jonas. I know one thing – it will be emotional for him, and for us, when he does return.
“We are all looking forward to it.”