With Cheick Tiote likely to be out for an extended period of time with his knee injury, it should give a big opportunity to 22 year-old Algerian defensive midfielder Mehdi Abeid.
Mehdi Abeid in action at Burnley
We are still waiting to hear how long Cheick will be out with the knee injury he picked up at the African Cup of Nations, but he’s not expected to be fit anytime soon.
It’s going to be a very tough game at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon with Manchester City currently in good form, and they hammered a good Stoke City side at the Britannia Stadium 4-1 last weekend.
This is what Mehdi Abeid told the Shields Gazette today:
“We have a good team and a lot of quality in the team – now we have to show it every week.” “Hopefully, we will have many, many more wins in the future.”
“It’s good to have John as the head coach,” “There’s a good relationship between him, the coaches and the players.” “It’s great for the future of our team.”
“I’m really glad to be back – it was a bad injury.” “I’m enjoying my time on the pitch.”
This lad has always had a great attitude and he did so well last season while on loan at Panathinaikos in Greece, where he scored 10 goals in 38 total appearances for the club.
Abeid was injured in mid-November and came back on crutches after joining up with the Algerian squad, and he came back too early from that broken toe he picked up.
And after playing the full game at Burnley on December 2nd, he was out for about another six weeks and he had to withdraw from the Algerian squad for the African Cup of Nations.
The 22 year-old has only recently returned to the squad, and we’d love to see him in the starting line-up on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, where he played in the shock 2-0 League Cup win back in late October.
Mehdi joined Newcastle in the summer of 2011 from Lens as a free agent, and he’s looked a very good player for us this season in his 8 appearances.
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