Leeds United absentee Stuart Dallas could make a pleasing return from his serious leg injury in the coming months, according to expert Ben Dinnery.
The Lowdown: Dallas out for many months
The Whites suffered all sorts of injury problems last season but Dallas’ setback was arguably the greatest gut punch, given the severe nature of his issue and his popular status around Elland Road.
However, it looks as though it won’t be too long until he is back in action.
The Latest: Return edging closer
“The end of December, maybe coming into early 2023 is realistic for a Dallas return.
“It could be that he makes some appearances for the U21 side first, to try and transition from training into eventually moving back into the first team.”
The Verdict: Will he be the same player?
This is such good news for Leeds and Dallas, with the versatile hero a big miss in recent times, whether it be in midfield or acting as an auxiliary full-back.
At 31, there is the potential that he may not be the same energetic player again, however, such was the severity of his injury, although his physical prowess means he has as good a chance as anyone of remaining a force.
Having Dallas back in the squad again will suddenly give Jesse Marsch more options in various positions – Alan Shearer has called him ‘outstanding’ – and his return could help turn the Whites’ season around further.