Jonjo Shelvey was toothless against Sheffield United. Literally.
The Newcastle midfielder captained the side yet again on Wednesday night, as fans returned to St James’ Park.
Supporters were treated to a win, as the Magpies played in front of a crowd for the first time since March last year.
Joe Willock scored the only goal of the game, taking his total to seven.
However, Shelvey was also at the heart of the action in the first half.
The 29-year-old went up for a header with Ben Osborn, only to receive a flailing arm to the face. It was a lethal blow from Osborn, who managed to knock out one of Shelvey’s teeth.
The incident was a clear accident and went unpunished. It was a painful one for Shelvey though.
It was a dramatic half for Shelvey, who very nearly scored the opening goal.
A wonderful piece of football led to Matt Ritchie swinging in a cross. Shelvey rose highest, but his header was brilliantly saved by Aaron Ramsdale.
It was quite an average performance from Shelvey overall. He faded after a bright start, conceding possession cheaply in the second half. Perhaps the blow to the face had a part to play.
The midfielder has become a polarising figure at St James’ Park. Despite inconsistent performances, he seems undroppable to Steve Bruce.
Regardless, there was likely a lot of sympathy from Toon fans when his tooth went flying.
Some have seen the funny side, pondering whether Shelvey will get a visit off the tooth fairy.