Dyer eyes comeback date
PUBLISHED: 14:18 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 October 2010
Kieron Dyer hopes to return to Premier League action by Christmas after the West Ham midfielder was cleared to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly this week
KIERON DYER hopes to return to Premier League action by Christmas after the West Ham midfielder was cleared to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly this week.
Dyer has endured 15 months on the sidelines following a career-threatening injury in a Carling Cup tie against Bristol Rovers in August 2007.
The 29-year-old broke his leg in two places just two games into his West Ham career following a £6m switch from Newcastle.
But Dyer is now approaching full fitness and is confident that he is approaching the end of his injury nightmare.
He said: "I'm not going to be thrown straight back into the first team, but ideally I will have three or four preparation games and then be ready, perhaps for the Christmas period.
"It will be great to get that first game under my belt. Every day I feel sharper and I do believe now I need to make up for lost time."
Former England international Dyer had been lined up for a comeback in West Ham's pre-season friendly at former club Ipswich, but a setback consigned him to a further three months on the treatment table.
Now he is eager to prove his worth to new Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola.
"With the amount of football I've missed, I feel I have a good five years left in me," he said.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East London Advertiser. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.