Leeds United midfielder Stuart Dallas has told ITV that he is confident he is nearing the end of his long injury lay off and is targeting a return for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2024 qualifying fixtures against Denmark and Kazakhstan.

Dallas, who turns 32 next month, is nearing a year on the sidelines after breaking his leg against Manchester City. The versatile Leeds star has been unable to return for the Whites since the injury. Michael O’Neill commented.

Indeed, the Northern Ireland boss said that he felt Dallas would be touch and go for the fixtures in June. The games come three weeks after the end of the Premier League season – suggesting that Dallas is out for the rest of 22-23.

Now, Dallas has confirmed as much despite giving a positive response. He told ITV Sport on Wednesday, alongside fellow injured Northern Ireland regular Steven Davis: “It’s been a long process but I feel like I am getting there now.”

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Leeds midfielder Dallas confident he is nearing end of injury lay off

While it is positive to hear that Dallas is coming to the end of his long stint on the sidelines, it is still a sign that he believes he will be missing for the remainder of the 2022-23 campaign. Just as Northern Ireland boss O’Neill said.

The versatile star has been a loss for Leeds this term. The lack of options on the left side of the defence, and now a gaping hole in the middle of the park after Tyler Adams was forced to go under the knife to fix a hamstring issue.

But, at least Dallas being confident of a June return is a sign that he will back for pre-season – fit and raring to go. Whichever decision Leeds are in, having Dallas back will be a massive boost for Leeds and whoever is in charge.

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