Kiron Dyer, 42, reveals he needs a liver transplant after being diagnosed with a rare disease that attacks the bile ducts

Kiron Dyer was diagnosed with “primary sclerosing cholangitis”.

The former England international was in hospital earlier this week for tests to determine the problem.

Kieron Dyer recently appeared as a Sky Sports Analyst at St James' Park


Kieron Dyer recently appeared as a Sky Sports Analyst at St James’ ParkCredit: AFP

Now Ipswich – where Dyer is the director of U23 – has confirmed the nature of the 42-year-old’s illness.

A club statement read: “The club can confirm the diagnosis of U23 Town Manager Kieron Dyer with primary sclerosing cholangitis.

“Kiron has been managing his liver problems for the past two years, and now needs a transplant.

“Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with a liver condition two years ago, which will one day lead to me needing a transplant,” Kieron told the club.

“Over the next week, the test results will confirm when I need to undergo this procedure.

“I see myself as a very positive person who will get over this minor setback.

“I am very grateful to the club, the fans and the fans for the messages of support they have provided over the past week.

“I would now ask everyone to respect my privacy and that of my family.”

“Best wishes to everyone at Ipswich Town Football Club are with Kieron and his family.

“We reiterate our request that everyone respect Kiron’s wishes for privacy for himself and his family.”

More to follow…

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