Leeds United: Monk happy to accept Dallas' NI call-up

Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas
Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas
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Garry Monk says Stuart Dallas will join up with Northern Ireland with his blessing next week, despite voicing concern about the winger burning out after his involvement in this summer’s European Championship.

Dallas has been named in Northern Ireland’s squad for a World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague on September 4 and will begin training with the province after Saturday’s Championship game between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.

Dallas, who started last night’s League Cup tie at Luton Town, has made a limited impact in the early stages of United’s season and Monk left him out of his squad for last weekend’s 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds’ head coach said he was protecting Dallas after an “emotional” close-season in which the 24-year-old also got married, insisting Dallas need time to “adjust and get up to speed.”

Earlier in the summer, Monk asked former United midfielder Lewis Cook to turn down the chance of an appearance with England at the European Under-19 Championship, with the intention of giving the youngster a full pre-season with Leeds.

Monk, however, insisted he would not make the same demand of Dallas, saying: “I’d rather work with Stuart and of course in an ideal scenario he’d be here but I’d never stop him going if I can help it.

Stuart Dallas, in action for Northern Ireland

Stuart Dallas, in action for Northern Ireland

“I know what happened with Lewis in the summer but Lewis was a different case. We’re talking about full internationals here and I’d never stop them representing their country. They’ve worked very hard to get to that level and you have to respect that fact.

“We’ll monitor what Stuart does out there and he’ll have a plan to make sure he’s where we want him to to be. As I said before, it’s just about using him right.”

Defender Pontus Jansson, who made his Leeds debut at Luton yesterday, is also set for international duty having been called up by Sweden for a forthcoming clash with Holland.