By Amir Mir
Leeds midfielder Stuart Dallas has withdrawn from Northern Ireland duty because of injury after being called up for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan.
As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post the 25-year-old has returned to Elland Road due to a calf injury.
It means Dallas is a doubt for the the Whites clash against Newcastle on November 20, with a sell-out crowd expected at Elland Road after the international break.
Dallas has not taken to the field for club or country since he was injured for Michael O’Neill’s side in their 4-0 win over San Marino in October.
Despite this, O’Neill still called up the Championship player to his squad for games against Azerbaijan and a friendly against Croatia.
Nonetheless, club manager Garry Monk was hoping he would not be picked to play and urged “common sense” to prevail as Dallas has now withdrawn from the two fixtures.
Former Brentford player Dallas has represented his national side on 19 occasions where he has provided two assists.
He was part of the summer touring party that qualified for Euro 2016 in France with Dallas making four appearances as O’Neill’s side were bravely knocked out during the round of 16 by Wales.
For his club, Dallas had made nine Championship and EFL Cup appearances this season, but in his absence Monk’s side have climbed into the play-offs.
The Whites beat promotion favourites Norwich 3-2 at Carrow Road on Saturday with fellow midfield partner Ronaldo Vieira sealing the victory with a stunning strike in stoppage time.
In other Leeds team news, defender Pontus Jansson has heaped praise on his senior teammate after they moved into the play-offs.