West Ham midfielder Kieron Dyer has rejoined former club Ipswich on loan for a month, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed.
Dyer has made just 13 appearances for the Hammers this season due to his struggle to find fitness and form and will spend the next month at Portman Road, where he began his career.
The midfielder was considered one of the brightest prospects in the English game when he was coming through the youth ranks at the Suffolk club. He earned his first of 33 England caps after moving to Newcastle for £6million in 1999 but he suffered a series of injuries at St James' Park and was sold to West Ham for the same fee in 2007.
Dyer's injury worries continued at Upton Park, where he broke his leg in two places on his third appearance for the Londoners, ruling him out for 17 months before returning to action in January 2009.
He has struggled for fitness ever since, with a thigh injury the latest in a long line of complaints to keep him sidelined this term.
Dyer has not played for Avram Grant's side since January 26 and was unlikely to force his way back into the team given the excellent form of Thomas Hitzlsperger since his comeback from a serious thigh injury. Dyer could leave the club at the end of the season, with his contract due to run out in the summer.
Dyer trained with his new team-mates on Friday morning and could go straight into the Ipswich squad to face Leeds on Saturday.
The npower Championship side are 16th in the table having enjoyed a renaissance under Paul Jewell since he replaced Roy Keane as manager in January. Dyer is expected to return to Upton Park on April 9.
Grant insisted this afternoon that Dyer could play again for West Ham this season if he proves his fitness during his spell at Ipswich.
"Kieron Dyer is a very good player," the Israeli said. "He has been injured and needs to play now. Everyone knows him at Ipswich. He will play there for one month and hopefully he will come back fit."