Leeds United have been dealt a frustrating injury blow ahead of their game against Blackburn Rovers this weekend at Ewood Park.
Marcelo Bielsa revealed in a post-match press conference that Stuart Dallas will miss the trip to Lancashire with a muscle injury, even though the Northern Irishman played through the problem as the league-leaders were held to a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Luton Town on Tuesday evening.
“He feels something in the lower back/glutes, but don’t think he’s going to play in the next match.”
The Whites fell behind on the night as well, as Harry Cornick finish clinically for the Hatters in a swift counter-attack, which left Leeds shell-shocked.
But they responded relatively quickly, with Ezgjan Alioski’s pass finding Dallas, who fired home to level the scores, as the points were shared.
Dallas has been a regular in the Leeds team this season, and has made 41 appearances in all competitions, whilst also chipping in with four goals and one assist this term.
The Elland Road faithful would have also been concerned to see Liam Cooper being forced off through a back problem in the first-half, but Bielsa revealed that he doesn’t think his injury is a serious one.
A trip to Ewood Park could be a tricky test for the Whites, as they look to pull further clear of the promotion-chasing pack in the Championship.
Blackburn are currently sat tenth in the second tier standings, and will be eager to bounce back from a frustrating defeat to Barnsley in their last match.
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His absence will be a big miss for Leeds.
Dallas has been a reliable player to call upon for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this season, and has been a brilliant option to have in a number of different positions in the Leeds squad.
His goal against Luton saw the Yorkshire-based side rescue a point on Tuesday evening, and they’ll be hoping they can get back to winning ways at the earliest of opportunities.
But a game against Blackburn will be a tricky test, with Tony Mowbray’s side still challenging for a top-six finish in the Championship.