Early Leeds team news from official broadcaster ahead of Derby showdown
By Alex Stevens
Stuart Dallas is set to be sidelined for Leeds’ clash against Derby on Saturday, according to the club’s official broadcaster.
Leeds TV previewed the match early on Saturday afternoon, as promoted by the club’s official Twitter account, and the presenter gave some early team news.
“The only blow is that Stuart Dallas is a major doubt and we’re not expecting him to feature,” it was reported in an interview with club legend and former Elland Road manager Eddie Gray.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 15, 2016
The update on Dallas comes after he sustained a thigh injury while away with Northern Ireland during the international break.
Leeds manager Garry Monk explained on Thursday that Dallas was to have a late fitness test ahead of the Championship clash at the iPro Stadium.
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— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 13, 2016
The left winger has made nine appearances this campaign and has been involved in the team’s recent turnaround in form.
Dallas is an important member of the Northern Ireland team and played in played in all four of the games at Euro 2016, including picking up an assist in the 2-0 win against Ukraine.
Leeds have won five of their last six matches in all competitions and Saturday’s game against Derby presents another chance to climb up the league table.
Derby reappointed Steve McClaren as their manager on Wednesday and his players will be desperate for a positive start under him.
If Dallas is ruled out of the encounter, Alex Mowatt or Kemar Roofe would be the most likely potential replacement.
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