Leeds United: Injury likely to rule out Stuart Dallas for trip to Derby County

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Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas looks set to miss tomorrow’s game with Derby County with an injury sustained on international duty.

Head coach Garry Monk said Dallas was “doubtful” for the trip to Pride Park after suffering a thigh problem during his time away with Northern Ireland.

Dallas featured in a World Cup qualifier with San Marino last weekend but was forced to fly home before Northern Ireland’s 2-0 defeat to Germany on Tuesday night.

United had four players away on international duty during the two-week break which ends tomorrow but Pontus Jansson, Chris Wood and Eunan O’Kane all appear to have come through unscathed.

Monk, however, expects Dallas to sit out the trip to Pride Park, saying: “We’re not 100 per cent sure yet. We’ve got another day’s training so whether he’s available or not we’ll see. It looks doubtful to be honest.”

Monk is already without captain Liam Bridcutt, whose recovery from a fracture foot bone is continuing, and right-back Gaetano Berardi - missing since the first day of the season due to a hamstring strain - will be given a final run-out with Leeds’ development squad at Hull City tonight before making his first-team comeback.

Berardi has already completed appearances in an Under-23 fixture and a behind-closed-doors friendly but Monk said: “His next step is to play 90 minutes which he should get (tonight), the last tick of the box. He’ll be available after that.

“We don’t want to risk anything, even though he feels right and he’s been training with us for a while. You have to tick the boxes and do the right thing by him.”

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