Josh delighted as tooth is saved after Shrews v West Ham clash
They might have finally beaten Shrewsbury Town after a replay, but West Ham were not the only ones who appeared toothless in their first FA Cup clash last month.
Young Hammers midfielder Josh Cullen was seen by a packed Montgomery Waters Meadow and millions watching on TV with blood streaming from his mouth following an accidental clash with Shrewsbury Town captain Abu Ogogo.
Replays showed the source of the bleeding, as one of Cullen's teeth had been knocked out of his mouth by the Shrewsbury skipper's boot.
It has now emerged that the youngster was rushed to Telford's Princess Royal Hospital by a member of Shrewsbury Town's ground staff after the 0-0 draw, where medics fitted the tooth back in place with a brace.
Cullen, 21, has since offered his thanks to the staff at the hospital for their help.
It came after a West Ham physio found the missing tooth on the pitch and immersed it in a glass of milk to accompany its owner on the journey to hospital.
Cullen described the staff at the hospital as having provided a "top class" service and he was able to take to the pitch for the replay, which ended in a 1-0 defeat for Shrewsbury at the Hammers' Olympic Stadium.
He said: “The doctor found the tooth and put it in a cup of milk as the calcium in there helps to keep the tooth alive and as healthy as possible.
“A member of the Shrewsbury ground staff took me to hospital straight after the final whistle, so I’d like to thank them, as well as the medical staff at the hospital for being top class when I got there.
“They put the tooth back in and fitted me with a little brace to keep it in place.”