Garry Monk says it would be impossible for this Leeds attacker to play for country
By Emma Sanders
Garry Monk is evidently frustrated at Stuart Dallas’ international call-up and claimed it would be impossible for the Leeds star to play after four weeks off with injury.
The winger has not featured for Leeds since their 2-1 victory against Barnsley on the first day of October but was selected as part of Northern Ireland’s squad to face Azerbaijan and Croatia.
Dallas picked up the calf strain during the last international break prior to his side’s clash against Germany in their World Cup qualifier and Monk hopes common sense will prevail this time around.
“It’s been four weeks and Stuart [Dallas] has not even touched a football,” said Monk, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“From a medical point of view, from a physical point of view, from any point of view, it makes no sense and it puts the player at a high risk if you play the minutes.
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“It’s impossible for a player to go four weeks without even kicking a football to then go into an international game with a high level.
“But I’m sure common sense will prevail.”
The 25 year-old has missed Leeds last five games and has already been ruled out of this weekend’s clash against Norwich ,despite his international call-up.
Dallas has made seven Championship starts already this season and is a valuable member of Monk’s squad as he has the ability to play on either side of midfield.
Prior to his injury, Dallas was part of the Leeds side which won four of their last five games in which he featured between September and October, starting with a 2-1 victory against Blackburn.
Leeds currently sit in ninth position in the Championship table and they head into their clash against Norwich on Saturday on the back of a 2-0 victory against Burton Albion.