The Yorkshire Evening Post are reporting that 25 year-old Leeds United midfielder Stuart Dallas has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan, because he has picked up a calf injury.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