WHAT a fortnight it has been for on-loan Middlesbrough striker Charlie Wyke.
He scored against Northampton Town with a composed finish, then got knocked out later in the same match and consequently missed training for seven days.
In the midst of all that he has signed a two-month extension to stay at Hartlepool United and to cap off an eventful few days, on his way back into training at Maiden Castle, Wyke had to visit a dentist after cracking a tooth in his gums.
It means he will more than likely be wearing a gum shield at Victoria Park tomorrow when Portsmouth visit.
Not that the past couple of weeks has fazed the relaxed topscorer – who has netted three goals in five games since returning for a second loan spell at the club.
Popular Wyke is so laid back he is almost horizontal but he comes alive on the pitch and he is looking forward to pulling on the blue and white shirt again this weekend.
Concussion rules state Wyke had to take a complete break from football for seven days after being knocked out in the 5-1 defeat last Tuesday at the Sixfields Stadium.
That meant he missed the 2-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle but Wyke is hoping to start against Pompey this weekend and look to keep his goalscoring run going.
If he does, he just hopes he will be able to remember it this time.
Wyke said: “I can’t really remember much of the Northampton game.
“I sort of remember scoring but then got knocked out and don’t remember anything else after that really.
“I could see the ball coming in but then that is that.
“That is League Two isn’t it? You get knocks, take them and move on.
“I was pleased with the finish against Northampton though – not that I could remember much about it on the night.
“I watched it back though and it slowly came back to me.
“It was a good finish because I had a lot of time to think about – I was pleased with that one.
“Overall though, it has been a frustrating week because I felt alright but had to stay off [after the concussion] and away from football for a few days.
“I feel fine now, am raring to go and feel good for Saturday – if selected.
“I also have a fractured tooth inside my gum now so I might have to wear a gum shield at the weekend – not that it will keep me out though.”
The club’s top scorer is expecting a difficult afternoon at The Vic tomorrow but he says there is no reason why Pools cannot pick up maximum points.
It is the first of three home matches with Carlisle United visiting the following Saturday followed by Sheffield United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Wyke added: “Portsmouth are a good team but if we play our best then hopefully we can get the three points.
“They are a big club for this league but we can get the win.
“We have three home games on the trot and it would be good to get some wins for the fans.
“I’m sure they will be behind us on Saturday, they want to see us score goals and get some more wins under our belt- that is the aim.”