‘Injury prone tag is unfair’ - Kieron Dyer

KIERON Dyer wants to put the record straight during his loan period back with his beloved Ipswich Town.

The 32-year-old is set to take his place in midfield for tonight’s npower Championship game against Watford at Portman Road (kick-off 7.45pm).

And he refutes the generally held thought that he may be too injury prone to make any further impact on the game.

“It has turned out that the original diagnosis for two of my injuries have been found wanting,” said Dyer.

“I was out at West Ham for a season with hamstring problem and it was eventually found that there was a problem with scar tissue.

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“I had that attended to and the hamstring problem went away.

“This season I have been struggling with a thigh problem and it was subsequently found out that an injection would clear the problem up. And it has.

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“I am not suggesting that there was anything wrong with the original diagnosis in both cases, but it left me very frustrated.

“I am labelled as being injury prone, but sometimes you follow the medical advice and it doesn’t work out. What can you do?”

It was suggested by West Ham director David Sullivan that Dyer should perhaps retire after making very few appearances in five years at Upton Park.

“Perhaps he wanted to save money as I appreciate they have spent a lot on me and I have played little after breaking my leg soon after joining the Hammers,” said Dyer.

“But I want to play football and this was enough motivation to keep me going through the dark times.

“I am due good fortune after the last five or six years I have had.

“After another relapse I would rant and rave for five minutes but then get back on with it.

“I’ve not been a bad professional and I’ve done all that was asked of me in the gym.

“I just want to play football – I’ve not had that chance in the last few seasons.”

Dyer has matured considerably in recent years and he has sponsored the Blues Under-16 side for the last three years as well as Ridgeons League club Whitton United for a while.

“Many times I’ve donated large sums of money to different causes without wanting publicity,” said Dyer.

“And 80% of Premier League players are the same. It is a credit to them and a side that the public does not always see.”

Dyer’s partner Josie is about to give birth to the player’s fourth child – he has children aged 10, seven and four – and her due date was last Saturday.

“Hopefully it will on Sunday now so that I can play two football matches this week,” added Dyer.

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