By Mark Smith

15th Nov, 2020 | 8:30pm

MOT View: Leeds' injury fears massively eased as Stuart Dallas starts for Northern Ireland

Leeds United fans can finally breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Stuart Dallas sent the entirety of West Yorkshire into a panic last week, as he looked to have picked up a painful injury against Slovakia.

The defender confirmed after the game that he hurt his arm and elbow after a challenge on the touchline that forced him out of action for nearly five minutes.

Initial panic was that he could have broken a bone, or dislocated something – either would have kept him out for weeks, if not months.

That would have been the last thing that Leeds need, especially given injuries to the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Diego Llorente.

Thankfully, those fears have been massively eased on Sunday.

Dallas was named in Northern Ireland’s starting XI for their Nations League clash with Austria – captaining the side after his 50th cap.

This is exactly what we needed to see.

If Dallas was any kind of doubt, no matter how small, Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds would have asked Ian Barraclough to overlook him.

The fact that he has started hopefully proves that the 29-year-old is fully fit, and has shaken off any sort of troubling knock.

After playing two games in the past four days, we are crossing our fingers that he may sit out the clash with Romania on Wednesday.

If not, Dallas will have completed over 300 minutes of action and only have three days rest before the game against Arsenal.

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