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Gutierrez happy to hand Newcastle armband back to Coloccini

Jonas Gutierrez admits he was proud to be Newcastle United captain last night but is happy for regular skipper Fabricio Coloccini to return.

The Argentine midfielder took the armband as the Magpies managed a 2-2 draw in a controversial clash with Everton at Goodison Park and although it he was honoured to lead the team, he is excited about Coloccini coming back from a hamstring injury.

"I'm proud to captain Newcastle and these players - I really enjoy being captain," Gutierrez told the Shields Gazette.

"They want to work hard and to play.

"But now we want the captain - Colo (Coloccini) - to come back. He's a big player for us. We have to be together.

"We know it's a hard season. We have injured players, and you saw the players run and work hard, and trying to do their best for the team.

"That's what we want - to be together and to work hard. We wanted to take a good result home."

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