Papiss Cisse has revealed he is playing through the pain barrier to aid Newcastle’s push for a top half Premier League finish this season.

The Senegal striker missed the opening few weeks of the campaign with a knee injury suffered in March but after surgery to fix a dislocation, the former Freiburg striker has been in fine form this season.

29-year-old Cisse currently leads Newcastle’s scoring charts with five goals – the latest of which earned the Geordies a point against Burnley on Tuesday night – but is still receiving attention for the injury that sidelined him for over five months.

Cisse said: “My injury is not easy. I need to look after myself, and the doctor does a very good job for me.
“But I’m happy to come back in the team, play 90 minutes and score a goal.

“I need to score goals – that’s my job. I’m happy so far with five goals. I always try to do my best for the team, and if my goals can help us get a point or three points then I am doing my job on the pitch.”

Cisse completed his first 90 minutes since his injury in the 1-1 draw at Turf Moor and his goal was his fifth in four starts this season but with the busy Christmas period kicking in, the striker must be handled with care if he is to maintain his good form.

Next up for Newcastle is a tough home game against runaway leaders Chelsea on Saturday, the Magpies’ third game in seven days.

Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback will return from suspension to make Alan Pardew’s injury crisis less problematic, while Fabricio Coloccini could be in line to return from a calf problem.

Cisse is yet to start consecutive games for Newcastle this season but has a good scoring record against Chelsea, so may lead the line for the Magpies when Jose Mourinho and company come to town.