Dyer makes Ipswich loan return

Dyer, 32, has made just 13 appearances for the Hammers this season

thanks to his struggle to find fitness and form and will spend the

next month at Portman Road, where he began his career. A short

statement on the Hammers’ website confirmed the move on Friday

morning. “Kieron Dyer has joined Ipswich on a month-long loan,” it

read. The midfielder was considered one of the brightest prospects

in the English game when he was coming through the youth ranks at

the Suffolk club. He earned his first of 33 England caps after

moving to Newcastle for £6million in 1999 but he suffered a

series of injuries at St James’ Park and was sold to West Ham for

the same fee in 2007. Dyer’s injury worries continued at Upton

Park, where he broke his leg in two places on his third appearance

for the Londoners, ruling him out for 17 months before returning to

action in January 2009. He has struggled for fitness ever since,

with a thigh injury the latest in a long line of complaints to keep

him sidelined this term. Dyer has not played for Avram Grant’s side

since January 26 and was unlikely to force his way back into the

team given the excellent form of Thomas Hitzlsperger since his

comeback from a serious thigh injury. Dyer could leave the club at

the end of the season, with his contract due to run out in the

summer. Dyer trained with his new team-mates this morning and could

go straight into the Ipswich squad to face Leeds on Saturday. The

Championship side are 16th in the table having enjoyed a

renaissance under Paul Jewell since he replaced Roy Keane as

manager in January. Dyer is expected to return to Upton Park on

April 9.