Date: 19th September 2006 at 5:04pm
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He just appears … then we don’t see him again for another six months!

But the official line is that the injury plagued midfielder has told manager Glenn Roeder that a specially tailored rehab programme has left him in better condition than he has been for several years.

Roeder: ‘I have never heard such a positive Kieron Dyer. In the way that he has been talking he seems to be very happy with the way things are going. You can see it in how bright his eyes are and in the look on his face.
‘Kieron feels that he is physically fitter now than he has been for years and things are positive. He is back with us again now and it’s so, so important – I can’t stress the importance enough – that he stays fit this season.

‘We have given him a lot of extra time this time to regain full fitness, we felt this was the road to go down. At the moment it has proved to be correct because he is training flat out at the moment and I mean flat out. He’s right up to sprinting speed and has been for the last couple of weeks. He’s in great shape and is very happy with himself. He’s twisting and turning and we will have to assess where we are in terms of bringing him back in.’