WINGER Stuart Dallas and striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga will both miss Leeds United’s Friday night clash with Aston Villa at Elland Road, with midfielder Eunan O’Kane rated as a “possible” due to a hip injury.
Dallas is still feeling the effects of an ankle problem picked up on international duty with Northern Ireland, while Lasogga has yet to recover from a leg injury which the German picked up following an illness.
Both will definitely miss the Championship clash with high-flying Villa, but Whites head coach Thomas Christiansen is more optimistic about O’Kane who was substituted with a hip injury during the second half of last weekend’s 2-0 win at Barnsley.
Christiansen, though, is unhappy with the circumstances surrounding the involvement of Dallas during the second leg of Northern Ireland’s World Cup Qualifying play-off against Switzerland earlier this month.
Dallas was substituted after 52 minutes of the first leg against Switzerland following a hefty tackle from Fabian Schar in the first half but returned to play the full 90 minutes of the second leg just three days later.
Christiansen has said the move to play Dallas was a “risk” and a “bad decision.”
After missing United’s subsequent 2-1 win at home to Middlesbrough following further problems in his ankle, the winger then returned to action as a second-half substitute in United’s recent 4-1 loss at leaders Wolves, but Christiansen says the midfielder is still feeling the effects of his injury picked up with Northern Ireland.
“Stuey and Pierre will be out,” revealed Christiansen. “O’Kane has a possibility.”
Asked if Dallas came close to featuring against Villa, Christiansen said: “There could have been a possibility against Villa, but I didn’t want to run any risk.
“He already took that playing the two games with his national team which were a bad decision for the future. But there is nothing that we can say and do right now, just get him as fit as soon as possible.”
There could have been a possibility against Villa, but I didn’t want to run any risk. He already took that playing the two games with his national team which were a bad decision for the future.Leeds United manager, Thomas Christiansen
Giving the latest update on Lasogga, Christiansen added: “He could have had the possibility. He had joined the training individually, but next week he will probably join the team.”
Christiansen said he hoped that Dallas would be available for next Saturday’s trip to QPR but, on O’Kane, he said: “He had problems in the hip,” said Christiansen. “He is okay now.”
Fellow midfielder Ronaldo Vieira will be available again for Leeds after serving a one-match ban following his red card in the defeat to Wolves.