Dyer Makes His 375th Return To Action!

Last updated : 03 January 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor
West Ham midfielder Kieron Dyer is finally ready for a return to action after spending the last 17 months recovering from a broken leg.

Dyer, 29, underwent three operations on the injury suffered in a Carling Cup tie at Bristol Rovers in August 2007 and then had his return delayed earlier this season by a stress fracture.

But the England international is poised to be included in the squad for Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie against Barnsley.

Dyer has made just three appearances for West Ham since completing a £6million move from Newcastle.

Zola: "He's focused and he's very excited to play and we will try to get him back because he's an important player. I've seen him training, he's trying very hard and he's got a lot of qualities.

"I know it's been a big injury for him and he's been working well in the last few weeks. I know it's frustrating because he's training, training, training and he would like to play.

"After such a long time out it would be difficult for him to be involved from the beginning."