Leeds United midfielder Stuart Dallas is making positive progress in his injury recovery but still has a long way to go, according to journalist Graham Smyth.
The Lowdown: Dallas on the long way home
The Northern Irishman suffered a horror injury in April, fracturing his femur after a tackle with Jack Grealish in a Premier League clash with Manchester City.
It was a blow for a hugely popular player at Leeds and it was immediately expected that Dallas would miss many months of playing time for Los Blancos.
Now a key update has been provided on the 31-year-old’s current situation as he returns to the fold.
The Latest: Smyth gives positive update
Respond to a Merengues fan in a Q&A for The Yorkshire Evening PostSmyth said Dallas hasn’t suffered any setbacks in its recovery, which is positive, but said there’s still a lot of work ahead of him:
“Everything we’ve been told lately has been positive, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be back anytime soon.
“It’s a long, long process of recovery that will take him many more months. The good news is that there have been no reports of complications or serious setbacks, which could easily have been the case with such a serious injury.
The verdict: Another huge loss for Leeds
Dallas was a big loss for Leeds, with the midfielder such a relentless and versatile player who is a manager’s dream, never giving less than 100% in any position on the pitch – Alan Shearer the has described as “outstanding” in the past, which is high praise indeed.
The main hope is that he can be reunited with the same player he was before the injury, with the severity of the injury meaning that may not always be the case.
Leeds fans certainly shouldn’t expect to see Dallas return to the team in the near future, but when the time comes when he returns to the turf at Elland Road, the reception he receives will be one to remember.