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.

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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.

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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.

Toothless Shelvey

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