Former West Ham United and England midfielder Kieron Dyer has recently been discharged from hospital following a successful liver transplant.

The 44-year-old current Chesterfield coach was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis – an incurable chronic liver condition – in 2019.

Dyer revealed to the BBC that he “feels blessed to leave hospital feeling healthier than ever”. He also revealed that, even in such tough times, that football was more important to him. Dyer stated, “I have watched more games from my hospital bed in the last three months than in any other period of my life. I want to thank my hometown club Ipswich Town who have been in regular contact with me, and also Chesterfield.”.

Despite being hospitalised due to the transplant, the former England international was actually to contribute to his current club Chesterfield in the National League through manager Paul Cook. Dyer gave his thanks to Cook, stating “A particular thank you to the manager Paul Cook, who has given me the ability to contribute, even from hospital, where I’ve watched every fixture as the lads have made their way to the top of the National League table.”.

Although contributing to a degree, Dyer is still looking to make a full recovery before returning to his coaching and media work. “I respectfully ask for privacy for myself and my family at this time as I strive to make what I hope will be a full recovery.”.