Kieron Dyer, 42, reveals he needs LIVER TRANSPLANT after being diagnosed with rare disease that attacks bile ducts

EX-FOOTBALL star Kieron Dyer has revealed he needs a liver transplant after being diagnosed with 'primary sclerosing cholangitis'.

The ex-England international was in hospital earlier this week for tests to establish the extent of the problem.

Now Ipswich – where Dyer is U23 manager – have confirmed the 42-year-old's diagnosis.

A club statement read: "The Club can confirm Town U23 manager Kieron Dyer has been diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis.

"Kieron has been managing problems with his liver for the past couple of years, and now requires a transplant."

In the same statement, the ex-Newcastle and West Ham star paid tribute to his employers and said he was staying positive.

He said: “Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with a condition of the liver a couple of years ago, that would lead to me one day needing a transplant.

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

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“I see myself as a very positive person that will overcome this minor setback.

“I’m very grateful to the Club, the supporters and the general public for their messages of support over the past week.

"I would like to ask everyone now to respect my privacy, and my family’s privacy.”

Dyer recently appeared as a Sky Sports pundit at Newcastle vs Tottenham when a fan suffered a heart attack in the stands.

The former midfielder was quick to flag the benefits of getting speedy medical attention alongside David Ginola – who himself recovered from a similar attack.

Dyer said at the time: "When you do your coaching badges, it's compulsory that you do your first-aid.

"Just having that bit of knowledge can help save people's lives."

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