By Anthony Onifade

31st Mar, 2023 | 4:10am

Leeds United injury news as Stuart Dallas return date finally hinted to ITV News

Leeds United defender Stuart Dallas has revealed he is aiming to return to action towards the back end of the season and for Northern Ireland’s next round of Euro qualifiers in June.

The 31-year-old Whites veteran has been out of action since the end of April 2022 after suffering a serious leg break against Manchester City at Elland Road.

The Northern Ireland international was left hospitalised after the incident, and it’s been reported that the aim for his return was to have him back before the end of the season.

The Athletic journalist Phil Hay [28 February] shared that Dallas’ recovery from his leg injury looks to be “going in the right direction”, and speaking on ITV News [29 March], the versatile defender provided an update on his return.

He said: “Look I’d love to be back tomorrow morning but I can’t be so, listen, we can’t say when for sure I’ll be back but I’m aiming towards obviously the back end of the season and the summer, and then we’ll take it from there.

“It’s been a long and frustrating period but I feel like I am finally getting there.”

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No rush

Dallas potentially returning from his unlucky injury at the end of the season is a welcome boost for Leeds United but it is hugely unlikely he’d be able to feature again until well into the 2023/24 campaign or even this summer for Northern Ireland.

There will be no need for the Whites to rush him back so soon considering the nature of the injury that he suffered last year, and such recovery must be taken with incredible care and consideration.

The 31-year-old veteran enjoyed a tremendous two years in the English top flight after the club’s promotion registering nine goals and three assists.

There’s no doubt Dallas is an incredible figure at Elland Road, but with Luke Ayling and Rasmus Kristensen already filling his right-back role, it’s important the club waits a while longer to wish him a very welcome return to the first team picture.

He still holds a major role to play for the club, but for now, it must remain behind the scenes.

In other Leeds United news, the club have given their word to make an “immediate” permanent signing once relegation is avoided.

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