Patient Roeder takes credit for Dyer recovery

February 3, 2007

Manager Glenn Roeder predicts England will reap the rewards of Newcastle's patience with midfielder Kieron Dyer.

The 28-year-old was yesterday recalled to the international stage by national team boss Steve McClaren after finally shaking off the injury problems which had dogged him for the previous 18 months.

Dyer has been in blistering form for his club since emerging from his latest bout of fitness misery, scoring five goals in 13 starts, the last of them a header in the 3-1 Premiership win over Aston Villa on Wednesday evening.

Roeder is full of gratitude to the club's medical staff and specialist John Green, who has been working with the player to ensure he stays fit, although the Magpies manager's refusal to select Dyer before he was fully fit has also paid off.

Roeder said: 'I like to think what we are seeing in Kieron now, people will admit that, by showing the patience I always preach, I have now got a player back to his best after 18 months of bringing him back too soon.

'There is no doubt about it, he was often brought back miles too soon before he was ready and, consequently, he had one problem after another.

'The patience I have shown with him is paying off and it will be the same with other players.

'I do not rush them back because, when they come back, I expect them to stay back.

'Although it is a bit uncomfortable at times by not rushing them back, I am a great believer in life that patience always pays off.'

Dyer's injuries have severely limited his international career in recent years - the last of his 28 senior caps came as a substitute in the 2-0 World Cup qualifier victory over Azerbaijan at St James' Park in March 2005.

However, he was a regular squad member under McClaren's predecessor Sven-Goran Eriksson, and the former Middlesbrough manager, who served as the Swede's assistant, knows him well from that time.

Dyer was once touted as the answer to his country's problem left-sided berth, although his hopes of filling the gap at the 2002 World Cup finals were effectively dashed when he picked up a knee injury at Southampton on the final day of that season.

He went to the Far East after undergoing intense treatment, but was far from fit and had little chance of doing himself justice when he was called upon.

Dyer is now fitter than he has been for some time and in an excellent vein of form, and he will hope he can take his latest chance at international level.