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Stoke City
By ESPN Staff

Dyer returns as Shearer delays op

Kieron Dyer makes a surprise return to the Newcastle squad for Wednesday's Carling Cup third-round tie at Grimsby.

The England midfielder has been battling a hamstring problem but is deemed fit enough to return while manager Graeme Souness has also included midfielders Scott Parker and Emre, and defenders Titus Bramble and Celestine Babayaro in the travelling party as he fulfils his pledge to send his strongest squad to Blundell Park.

Meanwhile, Souness will wait to assess Alan Shearer's hernia problem before deciding whether his captain needs an operation.

Shearer, 35, has been troubled by the problem for the last fortnight but could play through the season without needing surgery.

However, the former England striker would use the international break next month for recovery time from an operation if his condition deteriorates.

'For the last couple of weeks he (Alan) has been feeling his hernia and it's a situation where no-one knows how long it will last for,' Souness told official website.

'He could get through to the end of the season without needing an operation, or it could get that painful he would need the operation next week.

'We're hoping we can get him through to November, because some surgeons can get them back in different periods of time, so that is something we are on top of.

'We have the international break coming up in November, and that is two weeks, so there is a window there which would be a possibility.

'Given his track record, and given the way he plays football, I would imagine he would be out for about three weeks.'