Leeds United: Monk calls for ‘common sense’ over Dallas’s Northern Ireland call up

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LEEDS United head coach Garry Monk hopes “common sense will prevail” when Stuart Dallas meets up with the Northern Ireland squad - having been called up following a four-week lay off with a calf strain.

Dallas flew home injured during his last stint of international duty in October ahead of Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifier in Germany.

The winger has since missed United’s last five games but has now been named as part of the country’s 25-man squad chosen by coach Michael O’Neill for a World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan next week and a friendly against Croatia on November 13.

And while Monk insisted he was happy for Northern Ireland to conduct their own physical check on the winger, United’s head coach said it would make “no sense” for the Whites ace to be considered for either fixture, with Monk hoping Dallas will instead return to Thorp Arch next week to train with Leeds during the international break.

Monk explained: “I think they meet up on Sunday and then whether they physically assess him we don’t know that until obviously Monday or Tuesday but we are very open and it’s been four weeks and Stuart has not even touched a football.

“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.

“But with the international team you don’t tell them what to do, they work the way they work and they have their prerogative but common sense I’m sure will prevail.

“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.

“It’s a very high risk for the player and I’m sure Northern Ireland don’t want to risk that and we don’t Stuart to be risked like that.

“But I’m sure common sense will prevail.

Monk added: “He’s not back in training so it will be four weeks and he is due to start training on Monday. That’s when he will first be able to kick a football and will be ready for the trainings.

“But of course the international call up is their prerogative and their right to have an assessment of the player which is no problem from our side.

“But in terms of having four weeks and not kicking a football and not having any training - to go and then play in a game is totally unrealistic.

“With that set up there they are very professional and common sense I’m sure will prevail and he will go there and be assessed.

“What Stuey needs now is a good period like this in the international break of good training and being ready coming out the other side.”

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