Leeds United manager slams international boss over this decision

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Missing Leeds United’s last five fixtures through injury, Whites boss Garry Monk has slammed Michael O’Neill’s decision to call up Stuart Dallas for Northern Ireland duty, report the Belfast Telegraph.

Hoping “common sense will prevail”, Monk will hope that the 25-year-old is used sparingly, if at all given the former Brentford man has become a key player at Elland Road since signing in August 2015.

Monk recently claimed: “From a medical point of view, from a physical point of view, from any point of view, it makes no sense and it puts the player at a high risk if you play the minutes.

“It’s impossible for a player to go four weeks without even kicking a football to then go into an international game with a high level.”

A member of Northern Ireland’s 23-man squad at Euro 2016, Dallas has earned 13 caps for the Green And White Army since 2011 and had started seven games for Leeds United so far this season.

Northern Ireland face a World Cup Qualifier with Azerbaijan next Friday ahead of a friendly with Croatia on November 15th.

With the likes of Shane Ferguson, Niall McGinn and Jamie Ward also named in O’Neill’s squad and able to play in Dallas’ preferred position out wide, Monk will be hoping Dallas is an unused substitute in both games.

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