Dyer injury confirmed

Last updated : 15 May 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Although there is no new damage Dyer himself chose to miss the internationals with South Africa, Sebria-Montenegro and Slovakia in order to rest the injury to be fit for the start of the new season.

"The Football Association have accepted it," Sir Bobby told The Times.

"Over the season, Kieron has had problems with his shins and he hasn’t had a break from football for two years. He has run hundreds of miles for us; from time to time he hasn’t been able to walk the day after games.

"He has played nearly all our matches in the Premier League and the Champions League. He played in the World Cup last summer even though he was patched up.

"We’ve got him going when we’ve had to, but he’s tired and sore and deserves a rest. A fortnight or so before the end of the season, he told me his muscles around the shins felt very sore. This is at his request, not ours. There were no complaints from Sven."