Sunderland star’s message for Newcastle midfielder Gutierrez

AVAILABLE ... Ricky Alvarez.
AVAILABLE ... Ricky Alvarez.
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SUNDERLAND forward Ricky Alvarez has sent his best wishes to Newcastle United’s Jonas Gutierrez, who is battling cancer.

Gutierrez is receiving treatement in his native Argentina for testicular cancer, and his international team-mate Alvarez spoke to him yesterday.

Alvarez said: “I spoke to Jonas yesterday to send him my best wishes and offer him my support.

“He really is a great guy and he is going through a particularly difficult time at the moment, but he is facing up to it very well and he is being very brave.

“He is trying to get over it in order to return to what he likes doing best – playing football.”