Leeds United may have just been handed a big boost this summer after an image emerged from Elland Road of Stuart Dallas.
The Northern Irishman’s 2021/22 campaign was cut short back in April after sustaining a serious injury in their defeat at home to Manchester City.
Dallas’ injury was so severe, it saw the 31-year-old having to undergo surgery after fracturing his femur, with an absence initially estimated at around six months.
However, the right-back was spotted on Sunday evening on the sidelines at Elland Road without any protective boot on the injured leg by journalist Adam Pope, who said: “Stuart Dallas looking well speaking to fans without his leg in a brace.”
With the Whites expected to be without Dallas for a few more months, Victor Orta decided to provide his manager with a new option in the form of the £10m Rasmus Kristensen.
TIF Thoughts on Pope’s image…
This will be an encouraging image to emerge from what was a promising night of football from Jesse Marsch’s men, as the Whites ran out 6-2 victors in their final friendly of the summer. It certainly seems as though Dallas’ recovery is at least on course.
Will Leeds miss Dallas at right-back?
However, it is apparent Marsch still does not expect Dallas to return to action any time soon despite being pictured without his protective boot:
“We’re not at full strength but in two or three weeks we will be close to that, with the exception being Stuart Dallas,” said the American after the game.
Although Leeds may have a new face at right-back, having Dallas back in the coming months will surely be a huge boost to Marsch’s squad depth given the continual injury setbacks last season.