Leeds United have confirmed that Stuart Dallas has suffered a fracture to his thigh bone and will therefore be out of action for a “lengthy” amount of time.
Dallas could not complete the 90 minutes of the 4-0 defeat Leeds United suffered to Manchester City on Saturday. He went off shortly before half-time after coming off badly from a challenge with Jack Grealish.
The versatile 31-year-old had to be stretchered off following the collision. After the game, manager Jesse Marsch described the injury as appearing to be “not great”.
Now, more details have emerged. A statement from Leeds United has confirmed the Northern Ireland international will be out for a while due to a fracture to his femur (thigh bone).
The statement read: “Stuart Dallas faces a lengthy period out of action due to a femoral fracture sustained in yesterday’s Premier League game with Manchester City.
“Stuart was kept overnight at Leeds General Infirmary and will now travel to London for surgery and further tests.
“It is impossible to put into words just how important Stuart is to Leeds United on and off the field.
“Anyone who knows Stuart, knows he will come back from this stronger than ever, and in the meantime, he is sure to make his presence known at both Thorp Arch and Elland Road.
“There’s only one Stuart Dallas.”
Stuart Dallas denied chance to complete full set of starts
Dallas has been an important player for Leeds since joining them in 2015 from Brentford. He has made 267 appearances for the club in that time, either as a midfielder or full-back.
This season, he had started all 34 of their Premier League matches so far. But due to his injury setback, he will not get the chance to complete the full set, like he did last season.
Under contract with the club until 2024, he will now be focusing on the road to recovery. There is no approximate return date yet.
Leeds have had to endure a number of injury issues to key players this season. It has not helped their form in the Premier League. Now, without Dallas, they must focus on their battle to stay clear of the relegation zone.
Then, they would be hoping for a smoother season next time around. When Dallas can become a part of that again, only time will tell.