By Ben Dinnery

5th Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Injury expert: Leeds are 'completely powerless' amid Dallas red herring

Leeds United stalwart Stuart Dallas could still be injured despite his inclusion in Ian Baraclough’s Northern Ireland squad.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Dallas was named in the 23-man Northern Ireland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier double-header.

However, the versatile midfielder picked up a knock in Leeds’ 1-0 win over Watford on 2 October and withdrew with 12 minutes to play.

The exact nature of the injury was not specified by the Whites camp.

And Dinnery asserts that his inclusion in the Northern Ireland setup does not necessarily mean Dallas is fighting fit.

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“If a player’s been called up, the club is completely powerless,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“They need to be assessed independently. If Leeds or the player say they won’t be able to join up, that doesn’t tick any boxes.

“If federations deem they’re unable to assess the player independently, they could impose a suspension.

“The fact Dallas has joined up is good news because it tells us it’s not really severe. But does that mean that he’s 100 per cent fit? No.

“You just hope that players will be managed correctly and keep your fingers crossed that injuries are not exacerbated.

“We need to understand the different agendas at play. Northern Ireland want their best players available.

“The manager probably doesn’t really care if Dallas picked up an injury for Leeds, even if he is one of their star men.

“Ian Baraclough will ultimately be judged on results. Regardless of injuries, you want your best players available to get those results.”

In other news, Leeds United employee tips Lewis Bate to make debut “soon” after what he’s heard from Marcelo Bielsa.