Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez to step up his comeback against Celtic

FIT ... Jonas Gutierrez.
FIT ... Jonas Gutierrez.

JONAS Gutierrez will push closer to a first-team return for Newcastle United with a run-out against Celtic’s Under-21s this afternoon.

Gutierrez is back playing after being given the all-clear after treatment for testicular cancer.

And the 31-year-old could make a first-team return later this month.

Gutierrez posted a photograph of himself preparing to leave for the behind-closed-doors friendly, which is being staged at United’s Benton training ground.

It is not clear whether fit-again goalkeeper Tim Krul will be involved against Celtic.

Krul – who has recovered from the ankle problem which has sidelined him since late November – is pencilled in to return agaimnst Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Meanwhile, midfielder John Herron will make his comeback for Celtic.