Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Surgery to Save Dyer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Surgery to Save Dyer

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

While rumours were rife last night that Kieron Dyer's future hung in the balance following his latest hamstring injury, Newcastle United remain confident they can save his career.

Dyer broke down in training on the eve of United's 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion just hours after caretaker manager Glenn Roeder insisted the injury problems which have wrecked his season were finally behind him. And with the midfielder now certain to miss out on a place in England's World Cup squad for Germany 2006, there are growing fears the 27-year-old may never play again after the reoccurrence of the hamstring injury which has restricted him to just 13 appearances this season.

But while some have all but written off the former Ipswich man's chances of returning to full fitness, The Journal understands that both the player and Newcastle's medical staff are convinced they can solve the problem.

Indeed, although concerns are inevitable after such a prolonged period of breakdowns, Dyer has been at pains to stress to those close to him that he does not fear for his long-term future and has dismissed reports predicting he will be forced to quit the game.

While the England international will not feature again this season, he fully expects to return for pre-season training in July, even if he is forced to have an operation in the summer.

Dyer has been sent all over Europe in an effort to heal the weakness in his hamstring which has once again forced him into the treatment room after playing in two games in the space of three days over the Easter weekend.

But it seems Newcastle will now widen their search for a cure, with specialists in Australia and the United States set to be contacted.

While there have been several theories given regarding the root cause of the trouble, including one linked to a childhood medical condition and another to his running action, he has never had surgery in that area because the recovery process can last several months. …

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