By Sam Stone

19th Nov, 2022 | 12:45pm

Jesse Marsch shares Stuart Dallas update with date earmarked for Leeds United return

Jesse Marsch is hoping Stuart Dallas will return to action for Leeds United by the end of December as the 31-year-old ramps up his injury recovery.

Dallas fractured his femur during the Whites’ 4-0 loss to Manchester City in April and underwent surgery straight after the incident.

The Northern Irishman has been a huge miss for Marsch’s men, however, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel, after the Leeds boss revealed a December return is possible.

“Stuart’s making great progress as well and we’ll see how that goes,” said Marsch (quoted by Leeds Live, 19 November).

“But maybe we can get him on the pitch at some point towards the end of December, or early January.”

Big boost

Getting the versatile 31-year-old back will be vital for the American as he looks to add depth and sure up his defence. Dallas’ ability to feature in the full-back positions as well as in midfield is a dream for any manager and can allow for more attention to be paid to other problem positions in the transfer market.

What’s crucial is that Leeds don’t rush Dallas back into action too quickly. Injuries such as his can reoccur, and if that happened, it could be near career-ending for the Northern Ireland international. The World Cup break has come at an ideal time for Dallas, who will not miss any further Premier League games until the end of December.

Potentially utilising him in the FA Cup at the start of January could be a good option for Marsch, with there being a good chance of Leeds playing a lesser side in the early stages of the competition.

Everyone will be hoping for Dallas to come back and make a real impact for Leeds in the second half of the season as the Whites look to pull themselves away from the relegation zone.

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