Former Newcastle and England footballer Kieron Dyer has been taken into hospital for tests – months after suffering a collapsed lung on TV show Celebrity SAS.
Dyer, who is now the under-23s manager at Ipswich Town, also suffered hypothermia and a fractured rib during his appearance on the hit Channel 4 show.
Ipswich released a statement on Wednesday asking for ‘privacy’ for Dyer and have not said whether his latest problems are related to his time on the show.
‘The Club can confirm that Town U23 manager Kieron Dyer is currently undertaking tests in hospital,’ the statement read.
‘Everyone at Ipswich Town Football Club sends their best wishes to Kieron at this time.
‘We ask everyone to respect Kieron’s privacy, and we will be making no further comment on the matter.’
Dyer’s appearance on the 2021 series of SAS: Who Dares Wins was beset by problems, and he took months to recover from his medical issues.
Former Newcastle star Kieron Dyer (pictured in action in 2006, right) sustained a collapsed lung during an appearance on Channel 4 show Celebrity SAS (left) and is now back in hospital
Dyer was forced to withdraw from the popular show after cracking a rib during filming
Speaking afterwards, Dyer said: ‘There were quite a few things to overcome.
‘I’d had hypothermia, and I had a fractured rib, a collapsed lung, and one of my testicles was as big as an apple.
‘When I had my first hospital visit my lung wasn’t picked up. I was about to fly but I didn’t feel quite right and went to hospital again and they spotted it.
‘It was lucky I didn’t get on the plane.’
Dyer revealed that he had to use painkillers to cope with his injuries. He said: ‘I had to mask the pain and pump myself full of paracetamol.’
During his time on the show he revealed the emotional toll of being sexually abused (above)
During the show, Dyer also revealed the emotional toll of being sexually abused when he was just ’11 or 12′ years old.
Speaking to Ant Middleton and Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham, the former England footballer said that the abuse he sustained by his uncle ‘turned him into a monster’.
Dyer – whose cracked rib forced him out of the competition – said: ‘I didn’t want to go on about sob stories or accomplishments, I wanted you to judge me from a clean slate, and yeah, I was a victim of sexual abuse when I was a kid.
‘I was 11 or 12 from a family member and this monster, well this f**king p**k turned me into a monster, and for the rest of my life the amount of people I’ve hurt because of these personality traits.
‘Like family, dad, mum, wife, you can go on and on. I always had the mindset of do you know what, ’cause I’m a victim, this is the way I am.
‘I have just learned today when I come out of here, I’m not a victim of sexual abuse no more, because every time I’m a victim, he wins. Every time I hurt my family and they’re victims, he wins. I’m not a victim no more.’
Dyer has worked as a pundit for Sky Sports (pictured) and is Ipswich’s Under 23s manager
Dyer was also present during the recent Newcastle and Tottenham game that saw a supporter receive medical treatment in the stands.
Discussing the importance of having equipment like defibrillators at football stadiums, the ex-Newcastle player said at the time: ‘When you do your coaching badges, it’s compulsory that you do your first-aid.
‘Just having that bit of knowledge can help save people’s lives.’
The former midfielder retired from playing football at the age of 34 after an injury-hit career. He came through the ranks at Ipswich and made 117 appearances during two spells at the club.
Dyer played for England but retired from football at the age of 34 after an injury-hit career
In 1996 he moved to Newcastle for £6.5million. During his time at the club he scored 36 goals in 251 appearances and went to the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004. Following that he played for West Ham, QPR and Middlesbrough.
However, he decided to end his 17-year career as a player and move into coaching after being released by Middlesbrough.
Dyer subsequently took up an academy coaching role at his first club Ipswich Town in 2014.
He was then promoted to assistant manager of the U18 side in 2018 before taking charge of the U23 team last October.