Date: 22nd March 2018 at 5:07pm
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Leeds United have been handed their second injury blow of the day as Stuart Dallas has been withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad, according to a reliable journalist.

LeedsLive reporter Beren Cross claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that the 26-year-old has pulled out of the international squad due to a thigh strain.

Earlier in the day, the same journalist reported that Leeds goalkeeper Will Huffer has been forced to withdraw from the England Under-20s squad through injury and will miss games against Poland and Portugal.

Dallas has been a first-team regular since Paul Heckingbottom took charge at Elland Road and has made 27 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring two goals.

The winger could have won his 29th cap for Northern Ireland in a friendly against South Korea on Saturday.

Football Insider verdict

Heckingbottom will no doubt be praying that Dallas’ injury is not serious but it would not be a surprise that there is nothing to this and the winger is just being careful about a minor complaint. It happens in every international break when there are no competitive games and it makes sense to not take any risks. It would be a blow for Leeds as Dallas has been a regular in recent weeks, however he has not been in the best of form – like most of his team-mates. Huffer’s injury is more of a blow for him as he could have earned his first Under-20s cap for England this week.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites must ensure that this major error is only a one-off when they released this Premier League centre-forward.

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