Dyer: I came back too soon
By Oakley Hartney
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kieran Dyer has admitted he came back from injury too soon.
Midfielder Kieran Dyer admits he came back from injury too soon after feeling pressured to help a weak Newcastle United squad battle against one of The Premiership's strongest teams.
Both Dyer and Emre passed late fitness tests to be included in the game against Manchester United but it backfired dramatically when both players limped off the pitch before half time, with the side going on to lose 2-0.
Like Emre, who admitted last week he also came back too early, Dyer now faces even longer on the sidelines after aggravating his hamstring problems.
"It's another setback for me," he told Newcastle's official website.
"The manager was under pressure and we were playing against arguably the best team in Europe. I was asked if I was willing to give it a go, and I said I was. Unfortunately for me, it didn't come off. In future maybe I will listen to my head rather than my heart but, like I said, at the time I felt it was one of those gambles worth taking," he added.
The setback came just days after Dyer had returned from a trip to Germany to see specialist Hans-Moeller Wohlfahrt over his persistent hamstring injuries.
Wohlfahrt diagnosed a back problem as the root of his discomfort, which the former Ipswich star has struggled with for most of his time at St James' Park.
The squad has been lacking in senior players following a summer exodus and Dyer highlights this as the reason players felt pressured into playing before they had fully recovered.
"Before the new signings came in last week, our squad wasn't the biggest, if you looked at our bench and compared it to Manchester United's in the last game, it just wasn't in the same class," he explained.
With Albert Luque boosting the squad prior to the Manchester United game, the double signings of Michael Owen and former Newcastle star Nolberto Solano have further strengthened it and Dyer believes these high profile signings will allow players to fully recover from injuries.
"We have really boosted the squad now, and hopefully there won't be the need for us to rush back if we do pick up more injuries," he said.
Owen is likely to be handed his debut in the side's game against Fulham on Saturday and, despite Solano being ruled out through suspension, manager Graeme Souness has been handed another boost in the shape of Titus Bramble.
The central defender suffered an elbow fracture in July but is now back in full training and is likely to feature in Saturday's game.
However, Dyer insists he will make sure he is fully fit before putting himself up for selection again.
"The Fulham game comes too soon for me and I'm not going to put a time on when I think I will be ready to come back. I'm just going to get the injury sorted out and give it as long as it needs to recover," he said.