Birighitti positive after nasty facial injury

Mark Birighitti has taken to social media to confirm he’s recovering well after a nasty facial injury suffered in Newcastle’s 1-0 loss to Sydney FC on Saturday.

The Jets goalkeeper was rushed to hospital for surgery after a collision with Shane Smeltz in the 75th minute.

The sickening blow left Birighitti with shattered teeth and blood streaming from his mouth.

Hours after the game, Birighitti took to Instagram and Twitter to confirm he was on the mend and in good spirits.

Jets coach Scott Miller wasn’t happy with Smeltz’s act, which he labeled an “outrageous challenge”.

"For me that is not on in life or in football,” Miller said.

"Irrespective of whether it is a mistake or unintentional, it's not right.

"He has gone to hospital and will undergo surgery regarding his teeth.

"If someone requires surgery post a one-on-one with a keeper, that's out of order."

It’s unlikely Smeltz will face disciplinary action, although he was involved in a similarly nasty incident with Gold Coast United in 2010 with then Newcastle keeper Neil Young.