Date: 18th August 2006 at 11:40am
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… just as they have for the past few years.

Dyer has been sidelined more times than the infamous Spanish international Marcelino, and his rehabilitation seems never ending. Unlike Graeme Souness, who rushed the midfielder back as soon as he could put on a pair of football boots, Glenn Roeder has been extra careful with the 27-year-old, always looking at the big picture and getting him back long-term.

Roeder: ‘Kieron is very important to us. He is a player who can run with the ball as quickly as he can without it. He’s had an extended recovery time this time. He’ll have been out just over five months by the time he gets back.

‘It is very possible that the two or three month breaks that he has had before haven’t been long enough.’

‘He’s doing very well. I know our supporters have heard that before when he’s come back only to break down again. There won’t be any excuses this time. He needs to stay fit when he comes back in September. But the signs are positive that when he comes back this time he will stay fit.