By Will Butcher
Leeds manager Garry Monk has ruled out the return of Stuart Dallas against Norwich on Saturday.
The Northern Ireland international is still struggling with a calf injury that he picked up on international duty back in October during a 4-0 win against San Marino.
Speaking ahead of Leeds’ Championship clash against the Canaries, Monk was quoted by BBC Radio Leeds’ official Twitter account as saying that Dallas will not be involved against Norwich.
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This comes after Northern Ireland manager decided to ignore Dallas’ injury problems by calling him up to feature for his country against Croatia and Azerbaijan in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, risking the wrath of Monk.
Monk had already revealed to the media before Leeds’ 2-0 win against Burton on Saturday that he expected Dallas to return after the international break, and has now declared that Dallas will not be selected.
The knock has seen the former Brentford winger miss five of Leeds’ league and cup encounters, as they continue their rise from the bottom of the table to just one point off the Championship play-offs.
Kemar Roofe has been deputising on the left side of Leeds attack, and has been gradually impressing fans following his £3million move from Oxford United.
Dallas, who has been selected alongside the likes of Will Grigg, Jonny Evans and Paddy McNair, is now expected to feature for his country to the likely dismay of Monk.
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