Dyer doesn’t want to suffer same pain as last time he faced Watford at Portman Road

IF Kieron Dyer hits the back of the net in tonight’s npower Championship game he doesn’t want the pain that accompanied his previous Portman Road Ipswich Town goal against the Hornets.

This was in March 1999 when he netted when playing with a fractured leg.

He was on the wrong end of a tackle from Micah Hyde that split a bone in his leg.

“I carried on playing and scored,” said Dyer. “Soon afterwards I twisted and the fracture came through.

“I think I’m the only player to ever score with a broken leg.


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“It would be great to do score against tonight, but not with an injury that is going to leave me in plaster.”

Dyer’s goal came in the 17th minute of a 3-2 win over Watford and he was replaced by Bobby Petta in the 29th minute before returning to the side towards the end of the season and scoring twice against Bolton in the First Division play-off semi-final second leg.

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Town lost on away goals after winning that match 4-3 after extra time and two months later Dyer moved to Newcastle United for �6million.

“I thought at the time that scoring a brace at the North Stand end would be the perfect was to say goodbye to Ipswich,” added Dyer.

“But the more I’ve come back to watch games the more I’ve thought it would be great to return as a player.

“Failing to play for Ipswich in the Premier League is a bee I’ve had in my bonnet having lost three play-off semi-finals in a row.

“And when Ipswich actually reached Wembley and made the top flight the following season added to the pain, although I think I can take credit for providing the cash that helped Town get the players that took them up.”

Saturday’s 70 minutes at Leeds left Dyer feeling very stiff and he says he will be sensible about whether he starts tonight after having so few starts in recent times.

“I’ll feature in some way,” he added. “Either from the start or from the bench and I’ll see how my body is.

“I’ll be very nervous and I’m glad that I played an away game first and have some minutes in the bank.

“I’ve not come here to get fit as that would be disrespectful to Ipswich Town and to their fans and when I’m out there I’ll be giving 110% to help the team.

“Having not played for three months and not having heard anything until Friday morning the last few days have been both mentally and physically tiring.

“Along with the gaffer I am not stupid and I’ll not kid myself that I can play three 90 minutes of football inside a week.

“But see me after three matches when I will be fitter and you will see the real me again.

“I know most of the faces at club and the training ground and it has been easy to come back.”

Dyer is planning to take his coaching badges with fellow West Ham player Scott Parker during the summer.

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