Leeds United may have suffered another 'massive blow'

Leeds United may have suffered another ‘massive blow’ if versatile star Stuart Dallas is consigned to the treatment table through injury, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Dallas has started every Premier League game since the Whites returned to the top-flight following a 16-year absence last term but could be forced to watch on from the sidelines in the weeks to come.

What is the latest news involving Dallas?

The 30-year-old has been filling in at left-back recently due to the enforced absence of summer signing Junior Firpo and lined up there against Everton last time out.

However, a collision with Alex Iwobi forced Dallas off the field of play after just nine minutes over the weekend before Leeds slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park.

The severity of the injury has not been disclosed by the club, yet LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross revealed that the issue was ‘not so serious’ that the 56-cap Northern Ireland international couldn’t walk away from Merseyside unaided.

Nevertheless, manager Marcelo Bielsa will surely be hoping one of his most celebrated stars is able to make a quick recovery, given his influence over proceedings.

Dallas took the Premier League by storm last season, racking up eight goals and two assists in 38 appearances, and although his output in the final third has dropped off, his underlying numbers remain impressive.

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As per WhoScored, the 6-foot ace has been Leeds’ third-best performer throughout 2021/22 with a rating of 6.80, while he has also produced 2.7 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, 1.3 defensive dribbles and 0.7 crosses per league game.

What has O’Rourke said about Dallas?

Those figures place Dallas in the top three for each metric when compared to his teammates, and O’Rourke believes his potential absence would be a significant setback for Bielsa’s charges.

He told GiveMeSport: “Yeah, it’d be a massive blow for Leeds (if Dallas was out injured) who, as we know, have struggled with injuries all season, losing a number of key players.

“And losing someone like Stuart Dallas for a few weeks will be a big blow because he’s Mr. Versatile; he can play right-back, left-back, midfield, he could probably do a job in goal for Leeds if he was needed to, he’s that versatile.”

Who could replace Dallas?

Several Leeds stars have suffered from fitness problems this season, with Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford all currently sidelined.

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That has left Bielsa short on options, meaning he has been forced to rely on several youngsters this season, including 18-year-old Leo Fuhr Hjelde.

The teenager replaced Firpo against West Ham last month before coming on for Dallas on Saturday and could be awarded his first Premier League start against Manchester United.

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