By Pranav Shahaney

16th Sep, 2023 | 1:10pm

Phil Hay issues reaction to what Leeds United midfielder Stuart Dallas did this week

Phil Hay claims that Stuart Dallas is working extremely hard to return to action for Leeds United after a broken femur injury.

The Northern Ireland international last played for the Whites in 2022 against Manchester City in the Premier League.

He recently took to Twitter to address claims of him perhaps retiring from football and gave a two-worded response to it.

The Athletic’s Hay told the Square Ball at 36:00, “He’s been working incredibly hard. Unbelievable hard, I would imagine. I saw that on Twitter but you wonder because it’s been 18 months now and that’s almost unheard of for footballers. In this day and age there seem to be no injuries [ruling players out for 18 months] apart from career-ending ones.

“It’s obviously been tough for Dallas, a broken femur. It’s pretty rare too and you’ll be hoping you don’t do it again as surely only so many times you can damage that particular bone before it gives you problems outside a sport.”

Tough road back

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Dallas obviously felt the need to address claims that he will not be returning back to action pretty strongly.

There is so much written about players these days on social media that most of them do not even care to set the record straight.

This can be viewed as good news as he’s only focused on getting back to action and does not feel like he will not be fit again.

The Whites medical staff will surely be working with him week in and week out to ensure that they are there for him whenever he needs them to be.

Hopefully, he does not face any setbacks and is ready to return in the next few months as the fans would love to have him back.

He played a key role in getting the team back to the Premier League and was one of the unsung heroes in their first season back up.

In other Leeds United news, a Whites player now faces over 12 weeks out of action due to injury if the worst-case scenario takes place.