Midfielder for the West Coast Eagles, Elliot Yeo, has had his two front teeth knocked out during an on-pitch collision with Collingwood ruckman Jarrod Witt. The two men clashed at the Melbourne Cricket Ground during a match on Saturday and Yeo came off worse; photographs show the player’s two front teeth breaking and flying out of his mouth. He is expected to have a dental bill close to £40,000 after the damage has been repaired.
Straight after the collision, the 20-year-old player was aware that some damage had been done and showed his teeth to the referee shortly before half time; afl.com reported that trainers were unable to retrieve the teeth, so Yeo is looking at a hefty dental bill to fix his broken smile.
Aussie rules players tend to wear mouth guards to protect their teeth whilst playing the physical game, but teammate Xavier Ellis told The Age that he believes Yeo had taken his mouth guard out ‘for 30 seconds to have a breather. I don’t think he’ll do that again.’ He added ‘I think he just took it out for literally 30 seconds and the ball came, so it’s a hefty price to pay.’
Despite his dental injury, Yeo appeared to see the funny side, tweeting ‘All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth…’ after the incident. The teeth are expected to be capped this week, providing there has been no splintering of the roots or nerve damage. He is set to be back in action this weekend for the game against North Melbourne.