Former England winger Kieron Dyer is in hospital undergoing tests, his ex-club Ipswich have announced.
Dyer, who is currently working as the Tractor Boys’ Under-23s boss, confirmed the news in a short statement on Wednesday.
It read: “The club can confirm that Town U23 manager Kieron Dyer is currently undertaking tests in hospital.
“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, who won 33 England caps, started his playing career with Ipswich before an eight-year spell with Newcastle.
He recently took part in Channel 4’s ‘Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins’ but had to withdraw due to injury – reportedly a punctured lung.
Dyer bravely opened up about the harrowing experience of being sexually abused by his great uncle as a child on the show, and shed insight on how he struggled to deal with the trauma as an adult in an emotional interview with talkSPORT in November 2020.
He said: “I never had any help until I was into my thirties, so I was dealing with the abuse on my own,” he said.
“I developed certain traits which protected me, one of them was never to show vulnerability again. If anyone comes for me, I’m going to lash out.
“When the press came for me, I thought, ‘I’m not putting up with your crap’.
“I formed this stubborn personality, and what is so hard is that people judge me in my younger days, I’ve done some monumental wrongs, but I’m a decent and kind person.
“It was just the abuse and the way I dealt with it formed this personality which wasn’t true to my character, I was just never going to be vulnerable again.
“When I got the help, I realised that 20 years of my life had been marred and it was something I could never get back.”
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