By Will Butcher
Leeds boss Garry Monk has revealed that winger Stuart Dallas is unlikely to return to first-team action until after November’s international break.
The Northern Ireland international was believed to be in contention to return during Saturday’s match against Championship new boys Burton Albion on Saturday, but failed to make the matchday squad.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after the Yorkshire giants’ 2-0 win against Nigel Clough’s side, Monk revealed that Dallas is now unlikely to return until November 20 when Leeds face league leaders Newcastle.
“I don’t think we will see Stuart before the international break,” Monk said. “It has not healed as quickly as we would have liked. He is back out on the pitch running but he has not got back out quick enough for the weekend.
“It will have been five or six weeks since he kicked a football, so he will need a couple of weeks training.”
The 25-year-old star has now missed Leeds’ last four matches in all competitions, after reporting back to training ground Thorp Arch with a calf injury from October’s international break and will now miss Saturday’s clash against Norwich.
Leeds’ number 15 has made nine league and cup appearances for Monk’s side this season, but is yet to score or provide an assist for his teammates.
Dallas is now in his second season with Leeds after moving to Yorkshire last summer for a round £1million from Brentford. He has since made 58 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals.
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