Top Leeds Player Injured – Likely To Miss Newcastle Game

The Yorkshire Evening Post are reporting that 25 year-old Leeds United midfielder Stuart Dallas has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan, because he has picked up a calf injury.

Dallas was initially injured during Northern Ireland’s 4-0 win over San Marino last month (October 8th) and he hasn’t played for Leeds since then – so exactly why he reported for International duty is a good question and manager Garry Monk cannot be too happy.


Stuart Dallas – injured in second consecutive International break

Dallas has played only 9 times for the Whites so far this season.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill called up the Championship player to his squad for games against Azerbaijan and a friendly against Croatia even though he knew he hadn’t played since the Sam Marino win.

Garry Monk had urged that common sense to be used in training but it rarely us – and basically when the players report to their Intentional squads they seem to undergo a full training session – regardless of their condition.

That’s one reason club managers hate these International breaks when their top players can return injured.

Newcastle lost goalkeeper Tim Krul last October when he picked up a serious ACL injury playing for the Netherlands and he hasn’t played since.

And then our stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot also then picked up an ACL injury playing for the Republic of Ireland in late March and hasn’t played since.

It now looks like Stuart Dallas will be unavailable for the Newcastle game a week on Sunday and even if he manages to be fit he will be short of match practice.

Last season Dallas played 48 times  for Leeds United with 5 goals and joined The Whites from Brentford in the summer of last year on a three year deal.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #1

    4bettyswallocks // Nov 8, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Listening to TalkSport this morning , Ian Abraham ( The Moose) predicted , based on rumours he’d heard, that Klopp will go to Real Madrid , Coutinho to Barcelona and that Rafa will be offered a job at a big club and not see out the season with us.

    The thought of Rafa leaving just doesn’t bear thinking about and although I think it’s very unlikely to happen these rumours are a stark reminder of where we’d be without him.

  • MadisonToon

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #2

    I was frustrated when Elliot and Krul came back injured, but it wasn’t because of a training session, they were both injured in games. You can’t very well expect players not to play in matches for their country – bringing up their injuries seems peripherally related at best to Dallas’ situation.

    Looks like it’s going to be a long couple of weeks until we have news-worthy things to discuss.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    A weak jaw being covered out of shame by a beard, a current trend, we’d have nothing to be afraid of if he was fit. Hayden would maul him.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #4


    Thing is Rafa has done the “big” club thing and its been a mixed bag for him the next challenge for him is to leave a legacy at a club similar to Ferguson and Wenger!

    If backed with funds and left to his own devices Rafa could have this here!

    My worry would be Klopp leaving Liverpool as I think the emotional pull of them would make it difficult to resist!

  • martoon

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Betty @1 – I thought Rafa was at a big club 😀

  • SuperShearer

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #6

    @lee – agreed. Liverpool would be a big draw for Rafa, he’s been there before, the fans love him, his family are there.

    BUT – I’m not sure I see Klopp going to Real. He had big offers before Liverpool but he wanted a project. Real are not that.

    PLUS – would Liverpool want Rafa back?

    To be honest I think Klopp will be at Pool for a long time… certainly until the end of this season as he will want to see what he can do with a team he put togerher.

  • Mag52

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #7


    I can see Klopp decamping to Real at some future date, but no way in the world in anything like the near future unless things go seriously pear shaped at Liverpool. He’ll want to pick up a trophy or two first,(which IMO he will).
    But you’re right that Rafa, along with a few of our better players, will be on the radar of the big boys if we continue the season as we have started.
    My worry at the moment about Rafa is not that he would go to another club just yet, but that he could be tempted by an offer to manage the Spanish national team. That move would be quite hard to resist.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #8

    a rafa-less nufc is just too horrendous to contemplate. i am sure if we get back up, rafa will want to make his mark.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #9

    I really think Rafa is hooked now and will see his vision for our club through to the end. The love and respect he has been shown by the city and the fans has surely given him an insight as to how big a legend he would become if he managed to win something with us.

    He has already been quoted as saying he has achieved nothing yet and has a long way to go before he can be compared to KK and SBR.
    He’s here for the long haul and hopefully a big money offer from elsewhere won’t turn his head.

  • AncientC

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Lewis Holtby would be an interesting acquisition, being able to play CM, CAM, and, LW. Holtby will have one year left on his contract this summer. – List of PL players out of contract in the summer. I see Berahino is on that list. Will Tottenham and ourselves still be interested? I don’t think Pochettino will want him, and the allure of a free transfer could be too much for Ashley to ignore.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #11

    It would be absolutely fantastic if Rafa stayed here for the long haul but even if he doesn’t he has set the bar. He has dispelled the myth that a top manager wouldn’t work here and that it was pure luck that KK and SBR had ties to the club. He has proved that we have the fans, stadium and City to be a big pull, Ashley surely can’t be allowed to hire second rate chancers again.

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 8, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #12

    That says more about what The Moose knows about football than it does about what Rafa thinks of us.
    Bloke is a slurring cockney clown.

  • clinath@ed

    Nov 8, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafa has been to RM, there are no other big clubs for him. We are the project that will define his career.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 8, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #14

    I also think that Rafa will want to make his mark in the PL. I’m sure he is plotting and scheming already. I have a sneaky feeling that we will sign Insigne when we go up. Rafa knows him and rates him highly and these are the kind of players we’ll need to compete in the top league as Rafa will be aware.

  • reilly

    Nov 8, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Ian Abrahams (Moose)Verified account
    My 3 Mystic Predictions – Rafa will get a bigger job, leave Newcastle (not to be taken overly seriously guys) & they wont get promoted

    gob shite no mark.why this bloke and that gough get any air time is baffling. talkshites finest.

  • martoon

    Nov 8, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #16

    I think (and pray) that Rafa sees us as a project that will take a few years. Maybe after that he would consider the Spanish national job which is completely different from day to day running of a football club.

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 8, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Reilly….. Mick Quinn was co presenting so thinking about it the moose might have been on the wind up. Quinn still loves us and supports Liverpool so there’s the link.

  • AncientC

    Nov 8, 2016 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #18

    It is talkSPORT after all – they have so much airtime attributed to advertisements, that they cannot fill the enormous advert spaces, and so, feel the need to advertise themselves on their own station – that is instead of doing something productive with the gaps they cannot fill with (condescending) adverts.

    Then there is the staged double-act, where 2 radio hosts will always disagree on every subject, as to play the old Devil’s advocate.

    How they get so many listeners outside of match commentary, I have no idea.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 8, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #19


    “In an interview with, Motown legend Stevie Wonder declared his intentions on this election day by asserting that asking Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to serve as president makes about as much sense as asking Wonder himself to drive a car.”

  • Wayayman

    Nov 8, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Got to agree Ancient C, I listened to it the other day and timed 8 minutes of ad breaks, traffic, weather then another ad break. And then there was some Irish fella chatting about betting odds for the week for another 10 minutes until another 4 minute ad break. Surely no one listens regularly to this rubbish?

    I think Rafa above all has shown himself to be a man of integrity. I’d be stunned if he left us ahead of his current contract.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 8, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #21

    on rafa

    wont be leaving the uk for a few years he made promises to his family
    so what club better than ours is there

    spain job far to early for rafa he lives for the day to day football stuff


    there are some interesting players on that list
    lucas lavia did rafa take him to liverfool

  • Oldgit1

    Nov 8, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Shelvey banned for 4 matches, wtf

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 8, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #23

    shelves in trouble for abusing wolves player – alleged to be racial

  • Mag52

    Nov 8, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #24


    What precisely would be the plan to stop him hiring who he wants to hire, apart from, in your case, directing your vitriol at the new employee, while letting Ashley off the hook once again ?

  • lesh

    Nov 8, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Shearer, Lee

    Have we overlooked the fact that Liverpool FC sacked Rafa?

    It might be that despite his affection for the common man, the fans – their fans, now our fans, Rafa might just feel that he’s committed to NUFC because of our fans and might just prefer to stay. That though depends on whether he’s given all the support he asks for from upstairs.

  • lesh

    Nov 8, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Talk Sport’s owned by Murdoch and it’s there to cater for the sort of fans who are prepared to put up with the ads etc. I think it’s an awful station. But, each to his/ her owner


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