By Russell Edge

10th Nov, 2017 | 8:20am

Leeds sweating ahead of Middlesbrough after attacker suffers injury blow

By Russell Edge

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen will be left worried after watching Stuart Dallas limp off injured during Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifying defeat to Switzerland on Thursday.

The 26-year-old, who was making his 26th international appearance for his country, was forced out of the game just seven minutes after the second half had kicked off, having started the game in the 1-0 loss at Windsor Park.

The injury came after he was chopped down in full flight by Swiss centre back Fabian Schar, and although he tried to continue to help his side he was substituted by Michael O’Neill just moments later, with the visitors scoring the winner from the penalty spot minutes after his departure.

Leeds boss Christiansen will be hoping the attacker can make a speedy recovery, having been a regular in his side this season, although the majority of his appearances have come from the substitute’s bench.

Of his 12 Championship outings this campaign, just two have come in the starting XI, while he can add another three starts in the League Cup to his record.

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Since arriving from Brentford back in 2015, Dallas has gone on to make 99 appearances for the Whites, and so a return to fitness could see him reach his century when Middlesbrough, managed by former Leeds boss Garry Monk, visit Elland Road a week on Sunday.

In other Leeds United news, the club have tabled an offer for a 19-year-old contract rebel.

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