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Nathan Dyer undergoes successful surgery on Achilles as long road to recovery begins

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 16, 2017

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Nathan Dyer suffered the injury in the opening minutes against Leicester City

Nathan Dyer suffered the injury in the opening minutes against Leicester City

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NATHAN Dyer's Achilles surgery has been deemed a success as the Swansea City winger begins his long rehabilitation.

Dyer ruptured his Achilles tendon barely five minutes into Sunday's 2-0 win over Leicester, and was in tears as he was helped off the field.

A scan revealed the full extent of the damage and it was subsequently confirmed that the 29-year-old would miss the rest of Swansea's battle to avoid relegation, and would require an operation on the problem.

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Dyer has already undergone surgery to repair the problem and he will now rest before beginning to build towards making a first-team comeback in time for the start of next season.

"Nathan is doing okay," said Swans performance director Richard Buchanan.

Nathan Dyer is expected to be out of action for some time

"When the injury happened, he said he felt like somebody had caught him on the back of his foot.

"In actual fact the injury was not the result of contact, but that is a classic case with this problem.

"He has had an operation to repair the Achilles tendon. He will now have a period of rest before he commences a carefully monitored period of rehabilitation."

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Dyer had made 10 appearances this season after signing a new four-year contract last summer following his return from a loan spell at Leicester, which ended with him picking up a Premier League winners' medal.

He missed two months earlier this season with an ankle injury, and problems have cruelly struck again as he was recalled to the starting line-up by head coach Paul Clement against the Foxes.

Dyer's fellow winger Jefferson Montero is also currently sidelined with a hamstring problem, but the Swans bolstered their wide options during January with the acquisitions of Luciano Narsingh and Jordan Ayew.

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  • Leeboi  |  February 17 2017, 3:54PM

    Personally for yrs I thought dyer was always our best player. Excellent defensive qualities and pace in abundance. I remember him tearing Ashley Cole a new one against Chelsea and enticing so many fouls. Unfortunately behind the scenes something happened and he was loaned to Chelsea. He hasn't come back the same player but how can he be when he is on the bench. Against Leicester I thought this was gonna be his game...only to end from a frightful injury early on. Wishing Nathan a speedy recovery and hope he comes back stronger and prove the doubters wrong

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  • Spikey1953i  |  February 17 2017, 9:15AM

    Won't miss him, he hasn't played for us for 18 months, passed his best and not PL quality, only one reason he was given a 4 year contract, wish him a speedy recovery though

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  • mabl9  |  February 17 2017, 8:58AM

    BTW bad decision to loan him out to Leicester from the Swans point of view and the fans. But good for him to have a PL champions medal. Not many get a chance of that so in that respect it turned out ok for him.

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  • mabl9  |  February 17 2017, 8:56AM

    Lot sof stuff here about the boy's pay. More importantly looking forward to seeing Nathan make a good recovery and back on the pitch and causing havoc with the Opposition. Good pro Nathan. That is the important thing now surely.

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  • jackinthebox  |  February 16 2017, 10:57PM

    Not an easy injury. I suffered a total Achilles' tendon rupture in 2009 and have never fully recovered. He has had the surgery immediately, I opted for the 'conservative' treatment of it being in a caste for five weeks and then physio. It's an injury usually experienced by basketball players or so-called 'weekend warriors' who go running in middle age. Kevin Pietersen suffered this previously. With correct physio Nathan should hopefully make a full recovery.

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  • hywel79  |  February 16 2017, 7:19PM

    I wouldnt expect his pay to be reduced drastically, but there may be some sort of clause in his contract where pay is lowered if injured, some players obviously have bonuses related to number of games played / number of starts i would expect but i doubt their pay is lower if they arent getting picked as thats not necessarily their fault

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  • Lee468  |  February 16 2017, 2:23PM

    I would expect him to get FULL pay plus any bonus payments the rest of the first team squad earn.

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  • H4D0K3N  |  February 16 2017, 2:10PM

    Does anyone know how footballers get paid through injury? For example if dyer was on 50k a week, and sat on the bench for 4 weeks while able to play, does he get 200k a month. OR are there clauses like you have to play x amount of time, or if injured your payment are reduced drastically?

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