The lowdown: Story of Leeds’ season
Unfortunately, the Whites’ squad has been ravaged with injury issues throughout the entire 2021/22 campaign, with key players such as Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford missing large parts of the season.
The England international duo have only managed 25 Premier League appearances combined this term, having played a huge part in Marcelo Bielsa’s side when earning promotion in 2020 and comfortably retaining their top-flight status last term.
Despite the recent return of Phillips, talismanic marksman Bamford remains sidelined and has now been joined by two more key players in the treatment room…
The latest: Gray reacts to Leeds injuries
He lamented: “It’s a tremendous blow for us. Stuart can play anywhere. If we get an injury Stuart can come in, he can play right-back, left-back, central midfield – he can play anywhere.
“He’s a vital player for Leeds United, it was such a blow when he got his injury on the weekend.
“And also, losing the skipper in the warm-up before the game Liam Cooper, was another blow for us. You just hope that he can recover quickly.”
The verdict: Dallas is a big loss
Even given the calibre of players already absent for Jesse Marsch’s side, the lengthy absence of Dallas could arguably be the hardest felt by the Whites.
Such is the importance of the energetic Northern Ireland international, the 31-year-old utility man had played in each of Leeds’ 34 Premier League matches to date in the current campaign up to last weekend.
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Remarkably, he has only missed one league game since the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign, a testament to his reliability and how much he has been trusted by both Marcelo Bielsa and Marsch, so he will no doubt be a massive loss.
Without Dallas to call upon for the all-important remaining four fixtures due to a femoral fracture, Marsch will likely turn to Diego Llorente to return at centre-back whilst Luke Ayling reverts to a more natural right-back role.
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