Newcastle striker Callum Wilson suffered a dislodged tooth but re-entered the pitch to help his side to victory against Arsenal.
The 30-year-old made his long awaited return to the starting XI in the 2-0 win over Mikel Arteta’s side after recently recovering from a calf injury which saw him miss 18 games.
Wilson put in a strong display as Newcastle all but ended Arsenal’s hopes of securing Champions League football next season.
Callum Wilson suffered a dislodged tooth but continued on as Newcastle beat Arsenal
But he suffered a whack to the face in the 27th minute and ran straight to the touchline to sort out what looked to be a dislodged front tooth.
The striker managed to get back on the pitch and played a crucial role in giving Newcastle the lead at St James’ Park.
Wilson burst into the box as Joelinton delivered a cross into the box before Ben White put the ball into the back of his own net.
The England international admitted he ‘was licking his lips’ prior to the match, having seen the Gunners’ defence ship three goals to Tottenham last week.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Wilson said: ‘It was an unbelievable atmosphere. Early on in the season everyone wrote us off and we were relegated by Christmas time. But we’ve dug deep and proved everybody wrong.
Wilson went on to play a crucial in the opening as Ben White fired into the back of his own net
The win against the Gunners has seen Newcastle rise to 12th ahead of their last game
‘I’ve noticed a difference [coming back into the team]. I’m getting a lot more chances and we’re keeping the ball better.
‘I watched Arsenal the other night and I knew their centre-backs had injury problems. As a striker I was licking my lips.
‘I’ve worked so hard [to get back to fitness]. When you’re out injured you want to come back and make a difference.’
The win against Arsenal has seen Newcastle rise to 12th in the table and they will end the season with a trip to Burnley on Sunday.