Medical expert reveals extent of unprecedented Stuart Dallas injury - 'It's bad for Leeds United'
Leeds United star Stuart Dallas could be out of action for six months or longer with a fractured femur.
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, 31, was injured in a collision with Jack Grealish in Leeds’ eventual 4-0 defeat to Man City last Saturday (30 April).
The midfielder spent the night in hospital and is now set to undergo surgery, as confirmed by the Whites in a statement yesterday (1 May).
Dinnery revealed that he has never before seen a femoral fracture on the field of play.
“This is bad news for Leeds United,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
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“It’s a rare injury. At first, I thought it was an MCL injury and the focus was all around the knee.
“I didn’t expect for a minute for the update to confirm that there had been a fractured femur.
“It’s highly unusual and not a mechanism we’ve seen in all the years we’ve been recording data.
“The only fractured femur I’ve seen was Pape Matar Sarr at Crystal Palace, but that was from a car crash.
“A lot depends on the location and type of fracture. Based on the footage, there could be an injury to the adjacent knee joint as well.
“Some research suggests that a third of these injuries will involve ligament damage as well.
“We could be looking easily at six months or even beyond that if the damage is really severe.”
Dallas has been an ever-present for Leeds in each of the last three seasons.
Last season’s Player of the Year has registered one goal and one assist across his 37 appearances in 2021-22.
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