Dyer relieved by 'mystery' diagnosis

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Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer has spoken of his "relief" that the medical condition which has hampered his recovery from injury has now been pinpointed.

The England player is suffering from an undisclosed medical problem and while the nature of it is still not in the public domain, Dyer is clearly pleased to have been given a definitive diagnosis and was insistent he would play again this season.

"I have seen all the top people about my injury. At first we thought it was the back, so I did everything they asked of me and broke down again," he revealed.

"I was really low about it, so in a strange sort of way, to find out about the condition was a relief for me.

"Now it is all out in the open, it has taken a bit of the pressure off me."

Dyer, described by his manager Graeme Souness as a "very, very unlucky young man" after learning of his problem, told the club's website, www.nufc.co.uk: "It's not just about my hamstrings, the condition is affecting the healing process for me.

"I have seen a lot of specialists and I've had some good news because we think we may have come up with a solution."

Dyer is confident of returning to action "sooner rather than later" and says his troubles have been put in perspective by those of team-mate Charles N'Zogbia who suffered a family bereavement last week.

"I try to put things into context now. Look at the situation young Charles found himself in just last week when he lost his father. It just goes to show that my problems are not as bad as the ones that some other people have."