Wilson made a return to the starting lineup on Monday evening after being out since late December and was even handed the captain’s armband with Jamaal Lascelles on the bench and Jonjo Shelvey out injured.
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However, it wasn’t just Wilson’s presence on the pitch and how he came close to a goalscoring return that was talked about a lot after the game, as the striker almost lost a tooth in the first half and was even pictured on the sidelines with his front tooth hanging out.
The striker came back out for the second half despite the injury and has now revealed what the medical team did to him at the break.
He said: “I had to play the end of the first half where I couldn’t really breathe and I couldn’t talk because it was so dislodged, every time I was trying to spit or anything like that, it was catching.
“So then basically at half-time we had to kind of ram it back forward and just push it back up, and then I put a gumshield in and played the second half with a gumshield.
“I need to play with a gumshield more often – the second half was inspired!”
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While the incident did appear to look very painful at the time, earlier on in the podcast (4:45), Wilson confirmed that it looked a lot worse than it actually felt, but no matter the pain, for him to carry on with a gumshield – something not commonly seen in football – is a testament to his determination to work hard and be a success at the club.
If there was a lot riding on Monday’s game, Wilson remaining on the pitch may have been expected, however, it was a dead rubber and that just shows how hungry Wilson is for goals on Tyneside and hasn’t lost any of his desire during his months out injured.