Leeds United’s Stuart Dallas has returned to training with the squad today, a move which The Athletic’s Phil Hay describes as a “major and positive step forward” in his recovery from injury.
Dallas – highly regarded in West Yorkshire for not only his ability to play in various positions across the pitch but also his dressing room presence – has not featured for Leeds since breaking his femur in an April 2022 clash with Manchester City.
His 18-month absence from the side, with little emerging from the club concerning his rehabilitation, led many amongst the Elland Road to have serious doubts about his future at Elland Road.
Whilst Hay is quick to state that Dallas is still a “number of weeks away” from being in contention for selection by manager Daniel Farke, there is no doubt that this development marks a significant boost to the Northern Ireland international’s recovery.
Excl – Stuart Dallas returned to training with the full Leeds United squad today. Still a number of weeks away from being in contention to play having broken a femur almost 18 months ago. But a major and positive step forward.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 21, 2023
Dallas was a constant for the Whites before sustaining his injury, having started every league match during the 2021-22 season leading up to the Manchester City game.
He has made 267 appearances across all competitions for Leeds since joining from Brentford in 2015, and is widely regarded as one of the most important players to feature in the Yorkshire giants’ 2019-20 promotion season under former head coach Marcelo Bielsa.