Dyer on bench for Cup clash

Midfielder Kieron Dyer could make his first senior appearance for Newcastle since April in tonight’s Carling Cup clash with Portsmouth.

Midfielder Kieron Dyer could make his first senior appearance for Newcastle since April in tonight’s Carling Cup clash with Portsmouth.

Manager Glenn Roeder has been expected to keep the 27-year-old England international under wraps for a few more days following six months on the sidelines with his hamstring problem.

However, having seen Dyer play his part in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Darlington yesterday, Roeder has included him in the squad for tonight’s game.

He told the club’s official website, www.nufc.co.uk: “Kieron did very well yesterday and after talking to him, I have decided to put him on the bench tonight.

“He is very positive about everything and I know it is one of football’s oldest clichés, but it will be like having a new player in our squad.”

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