International manager shares ‘positive’ Stuart Dallas update amid ‘hugely frustrating’ Leeds United injury
It is a “positive” that Leeds United ace Stuart Dallas is back on the grass, according to Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill.
As per his international boss, Dallas is not involved in contact training but is working with the Leeds strength and conditioning team.
The 32-year-old has not played a match since suffering a femoral fracture against Manchester City in the Premier League in April 2022.
“Stuart, at this moment in time, is not doing any kind of contact as far as I’m aware,” said O’Neill, as quoted by BBC Sport. “He is basically working with the strength and conditioning people.
“He has spent a huge amount of his rehab period in the gym which is hugely frustrating for players, so it is always a positive when a player gets back on the grass.
“He has had setbacks in that period as well, so hopefully going forward this is now a continuation where they can build him up and he feels good.”
Dallas is a key player for his club and country, with both Leeds and Northern Ireland really missing the 32-year-old in recent times.
It seems like a lifetime ago that he suffered the hugely unfortunate blow against Manchester City, with Whites fans only dreaming of what could have been last season had they had their versatile player among their ranks.
Fortunately, Dallas is seemingly getting closer and closer to a return to the pitch, but the caution surrounding him is understandable given the severity of the injury.
Leeds manager Daniel Farke could undoubtedly do with a player of his talents in their push for immediate promotion to the Premier League, while Northern Ireland also need their star man back as soon as possible.
It remains to be seen exactly when he will make a comeback, but the experienced player will undoubtedly be eased back onto the pitch when the moment finally arrives.