According to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay on Twitter, Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa confirmed in his Bolton Wanderers pre-match press conference on Thursday that Stuart Dallas will return to the squad on Saturday, and Whites fans have been quick to react on Twitter.
Gaetano Berardi needs more games and will play in the 23s tomorrow. Dallas will be in the squad for the Bolton game. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 21, 2019
The versatile 27-year-old has been out since the start of December with a fractured foot, but the Argentine boss has revealed that he is now available for selection again and will feature in the 18 when his side host the Trotters at the weekend.
The Northern Ireland international has played in a number of different roles for the Yorkshire outfit this term including left-back, right-back and right midfield, and he could well be in serious contention to be in the XI given Jack Clarke still isn’t available after illness and Ezgjan Alioski has been filling in at left-back in the absence of Barry Douglas.
Leeds supporters took to social media to have their say on Dallas’ long-awaited return following a spate of injuries to key stars, and while one described it as a “welcome return”, another said “but he’s not very good”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Dallas at RB then send Ayling to Vietnam
— ZL #FreeShackleton (@SupremeJansson) February 21, 2019
Watch Ayling get injured againt QPR and we have another Dallas masterclass against West Brom. #lufc
— BielsaCarajo (@carajo_bielsa) February 21, 2019
Genuinely forgot Dallas was still a Leeds player
— BAEradi (@Bae___radi) February 21, 2019
Dallas fit…northern ireland must have a friendly coming up then.
Its the only time sicknote makes an effort to get out of the sickbay
— BATTYSPEED (@SteveJ4530) February 21, 2019
Welcome return for Dallas. Good back up for either wing?
— Jason LUFC (@jasonoflynn11) February 21, 2019
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start dallas at right back
— George (@GeorgeWIufc) February 21, 2019
but he’s not very good
— unbeleifable (@ellandread) February 21, 2019
Just seen berardai needs more time & so does Forshaw, & Clarke could be another few weeks & then you add in Roofe 4-8 weeks? but at least Izzy is ready & Dallas is back on the bench & Douglas is nearly ready,,the more players back in the squad the better #lufc
— paul kelly (@paulie_lufc) February 21, 2019