Souness won't rush duo

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Newcastle boss Graeme Souness feels Kieron Dyer is a month away from returning to action, while Emre will not be rushed back.

Dyer has been plagued by injury problems for the last couple of seasons and suffered a fresh setback recently, while Turkish star Emre damaged his hamstring once again in December and is struggling for fitness.

Souness feels there is light at the end of the tunnel for Dyer, but does not expect him to be gracing the Newcastle engine room for another month.

"I got a call from someone who knows him saying he's feeling great, because I gave him a week off and he's been in Ipswich," said Souness.

"But Kieron, I would imagine, is a month away. If everything went to plan, Kieron would be somewhere in the region of three to four weeks away before you would see him in a strip."

Turkish international Emre has returned to his native land to seek out a cure for his injury and is not due back on Tyneside until next week.

"He went to Turkey to see a specialist that he has great faith in and Emre will be back here on Monday," added the Scottish tactician.

"With lots of foreigners, you know that when they come to this country and pick up an injury they have had before they will look to be treated by someone who has treated them before.

"It's not a unique situation in football."