MEHDI Abeid is ready to play through the pain barrier for Newcastle United – and help the club end Chelsea’s unbeaten run.
Abeid made his comeback from a broken toe in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor.
A second-half strike from Papiss Cisse salvaged a point for Alan Pardew’s side ahead of Saturday’s home match against Premier League leaders Chelsea.
The odds on Jose Mourinho’s side becoming the new “Invincibles” and going all season unbeaten are as short as 15/2.
But Abeid feels United could “surprise” Chelsea on St James’s Park, where Mourinho has NEVER won a game as manager.
Abeid said: “I don’t know, maybe we can surprise them!
“We’re at home with our fans. It can be good for us. Our fans can help us.”
Abeid – who spent last season on loan at Panathinaikos – suffered his injury on international duty with Algeria, and his return was timely with Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback suspended for the club’s visit to Burnley.
However, the 22-year-old could still be involved, with his midfield colleague Cheik Tiote having hobbled out of Turf Moor.
For his part, Abeid is ready to play after coming through the game.
“My toe is a bit painful,” he said. “I just trained on Monday. To play this game was great. I was feeling good. I did have some pain, but I can deal with it. I think I had a good game, and I was pleased.
“I really want to play a lot of games for Newcastle. I’m pleased to play this many games, and I want to play many more in the future.”
United manager Alan Pardew has been beset by a series of injuries in recent weeks, but his team has lost just one of their last nine games in all competitions.
“We have a lot of injuries, but we have great players here, and we can swap,” said Abeid. “We can deal with injuries.”
George Boyd put Burnley ahead before the break at Turf Moor, and Cisse level for Newcastle early in the second half.
While United were far from their best in the second half, Abeid felt he and his team-mates fought back strongly to claim what could prove an important point.
“It was a great point,” he said. “It was a really difficult to come and play here with the atmosphere. We played against a good team. It was good to come here and have a draw.
“We could do better, but unfortunately we didn’t.
“It was difficult first half, but second half we did great. We tried to play some good football and showed some character in the second half.
“We have to keep our head up and look forward to the game against Chelsea. Let’s see against Chelsea.”