By Dr Rajpal Brar

27th Sep, 2023 | 11:10am

We’re delighted to welcome injury expert Dr Rajpal Brar as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the injury situation at Leeds United...

Leeds United will have to be extremely careful with how they ease Stuart Dallas back into action after his injury, according to Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert believes that his return to training is a massive boost as he’s been missing in action since February 2022.

The Athletic reported on 21 September that the 32-year-old returned to training for the first time since breaking his femur.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Brar, a specialist in Physical Therapy and Sports Scientist, said about Dallas:

It sounds like the recovery is beginning to ramp up in terms of intensity and finally building towards being able to tolerate training sessions and then eventually progress to full training sessions.

Not sure on the timeline because this is such a major injury and updates have been a bit vague in terms of what he’s actually doing but it sounds quite positive overall.

“His return is a massive step and a testament to his discipline and resilience.

“In terms of the training routine, he will of course be eased into it in order to prevent any further injuries and the key will be how his body responds to that increase in intensity, especially considering it’s been such an extended absence.

The best case is that he responds well and can potentially return for bounce matches in the upcoming weeks while the worst case would be suffering a setback or another injury during this time frame of adaptation that could keep him out in the longer term.

Dallas picked up his injury against Manchester City and has been spotted with the team on numerous occasions since then.

However, last week was the first time he returned to training and this came a short while after he brushed off speculation that he’s retiring.

Northern Ireland will also be looking for his return as he’s not retired from international football either and it will be a huge boost for them as well.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims that big European clubs have been keeping tabs on a Whites player for a while and are still willing to sign him.