JO COM­ING BACK SOON FOR TOON AFTER WIN­NING CAN­CER BAT­TLE

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WARN­ING: Jose Fonte JONAS GU­TIER­REZ is on the verge of mak­ing an amaz­ing New­cas­tle re­turn.

Toon’s Ar­gen­tinian winger hopes to be named in the squad for the Premier League trip to Hull at the end of Jan­uary – less than three months after beat­ing can­cer.

Gu­tier­rez is back in full train­ing after be­ing given the all-clear in Novem­ber fol­low­ing treat­ment for tes­tic­u­lar can­cer.

The 31-year-old fur­ther pressed his claims for a se­nior re­turn by scor­ing for the Un­der-21s in front of watch­ing care­taker boss John Carver in the 1-1 draw with Bolton.

Gu­tier­rez hasn’t played a se­nior game for New­cas­tle for 15 months and is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son.

And he in­sisted: “The most im­por­tant thing is to get fit and to play games.”

Satur­day’s league clash against high fly­ers Southamp­ton at St James’ Park comes too soon for the South Amer­i­can. AMAZ­ING RE­TURN:

Jonas Gu­tier­rez

LINKED: Bruno Lab­ba­dia for a new head coach to re­place Alan Pardew.

Club of­fi­cials have de­nied mak­ing con­tact with for­mer 48-year-old Bayer Lev­erkusen boss Bruno Lab­ba­dia.

Carver is set to con­tinue in his care­taker role un­til the end of the sea­son, with for­mer Lyon coach Remi Garde favourite to take over in the sum­mer.

But the de­lay is not go­ing down well with some play­ers.

Dutch de­fender Daryl Jan­maat said: “It will be bet­ter for ev­ery­one when the club makes a state­ment to say who is go­ing to be the new coach.

“If it is John Carver, then that’s good, we like him.

“I think he can do a good job, but it will be bet­ter once there’s an of­fi­cial state­ment.”

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