Souness reveals Dyer depression

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Newcastle boss Graeme Souness has revealed Kieron Dyer is 'deeply depressed' at facing a new spell on the sidelines. Dyer is struggling with a mystery illness and faces a lengthy spell out of action.

The malady is the latest blow for Dyer, who has seen this season blighted by a series of injuries.

Souness admitted Dyer is struggling to come to terms with this latest setback and even broke down in tears in front of him and the other players.

"I witnessed something I've never seen before - a player burst into tears in front of other players," said Souness.

"There was around eight of us - players and physios - in the treatment room on Tuesday and Kieron just burst into tears, and I had to take him to the doctor's room.

"He burst into tears because he feels frustrated and he feels he's letting everyone down.

"We all felt emotional and felt for Kieron because I like to think we've got a team spirit going. There was no mickey-taking from the rest of the players at that point.

"This is a hard environment to work in, the banter can be extremely cruel at times. But for five minutes afterwards, the players were still in shock.

"Kieron knows people out there think that there's something he needs to do differently to get back.

"He wants the supporters to know that it's nothing he's done, and that he's done everything he possibly can to get back.

"Kieron's been extremely low... he's deeply depressed."

Meanwhile, Newcastle skipper Alan Shearer is set to undergo a hernia operation next week.

Shearer has been carrying the injury for the last few weeks and the club have decided to send him under the knife during the international break.

Stephen Carr underwent a similar operation earlier this week and Souness is hopeful of having both players back for the clash with Chelsea in two weeks' time.

"Alan Shearer travels tomorrow and has a hernia operation in Munich on Monday," said Souness.

"Stephen Carr had his on Thursday and I was at the training ground this morning (Saturday) and he was running at three-quarter pace.

"There's a lady who operates and she must do something different to everyone else because she gets them back very quickly. I'm hoping Alan and Stephen will be fit for a game in two weeks."