Elliot Yeo has revealed the tooth – ah, truth – about why he sat out today’s intraclub clash.
The star midfielder assured Eagles fans during a function at Crown today he’d be right to take his place in the side for Round 1 against his former club Brisbane.
But he was on the sidelines this morning because of a mouth injury harping back to 2014, where he fractured his two front teeth due to not wearing a mouthguard in a game against Collingwood.
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“I had a sheer fracture in one my teeth that I had previously done before,” he said today.
“That was sort of causing a bit of pain so I had to get that pulled out and all stitched up.
“It wasn’t ideal but to be quite honest I would have much rather been playing in an intraclub. I guess not wearing a mouth guard a couple of years ago has come back to haunt me.
“Once that impact had happened I had a fair bit of work with that and they did a root canal and they put the post in and cemented off that and capped in from there. It was one of those ones where you could get a lifetime out of it or you could get two, five years.
“Playing a contact sport, it’s not the ideal sort of scenario and I fractured one a couple of years ago and had to get that pulled and then fractured one, I guess, towards the back end of last year so I had to get this one pulled now too.
“There was no pain. I just had a bit of an infection coming through and I had to get it out as soon as possible.
“I have the stitches out on Tuesday and it’s all good from there. It’s one of those ones where they were just being really cautious and didn’t want me to get a knock on the mouth.”