Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Solano Longing for Dyer Return

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Solano Longing for Dyer Return

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Having underlined the importance of the FA Cup to Newcastle this season, Nolberto Solano is confident the imminent return of Kieron Dyer can enable the Magpies to salvage their season.

The England midfielder increased his participation at the club's training ground yesterday and, with Graeme Souness hopeful that Dyer could be back in action this weekend, the week has begun in a positive manner for United's players and their manager.

Having given one of his best performances in a Newcastle shirt in an FA Cup tie against Southampton two seasons ago, the 27-year-old will hope to be firing on all cylinders again by the time the Saints travel to Tyneside on February 18 in the competition's fifth round.

The fresh impetus that a fit and in-form Dyer would give the lethargic Magpies could prove to be the difference between success and failure for Souness and his side this season.

"We have really missed Kieron and he could make a huge difference to us," said Solano, who has identified a shortage of pace as one of United's biggest problems.

"He's a special player who has great pace and that's what we are lacking at the minute. It's fantastic news for everyone at the club that Kieron is making progress and we can't wait to see him back on the pitch. He's such an important player for the team, it's no wonder that we have struggled without him. It's great to have Scott Parker and Emre back and I hope now that Kieron will be okay between now and the end of the season."

Dyer has started just two first-team fixtures this season but he could be in the squad when the Magpies face Portsmouth this weekend. The former Ipswich favourite will be eased back by his manager but, by the time Southampton arrive in the North-East next month, he will hope to be in contention for a starting place. …

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