Leeds United have been dealt a “big blow” after Stuart Dallas was ruled out through injury, according to Darren Bent.

The former Derby County and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the 29-year-old is a “valuable” member of the side and he will be a big miss for Marcelo Bielsa.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post after the draw with Luton Town, the Argentine manager confirmed that the Northern Ireland international suffered a muscular injury and would likely not feature against Blackburn.

Having seen Dallas feature regularly in the starting XI for the Whites this season, Bent insists he will be sorely missed for the visit to Ewood Park.

Bent told Football Insider: “Stuart Dallas, it’s because he can play in so many positions as well, that’s a key, so when you’re talking about someone that is that valuable to the team, that is a big blow. 

“He’s impressed me all season. Leeds have got a good squad, they’ve got players there, they’re confident and you’re just hoping that to get over the line, the player who does come in and take his place, or the players that are playing, can get it over the line because they are so, so close.” 

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Dallas has played 41 times across all competitions for Leeds this campaign, including in every single Championship game so far.

He scored the equaliser in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Luton but was forced off in the dying minutes of the clash.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has been left fuming over the “worst decision in football this season” at Elland Road.

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