A common theme throughout Leeds United’s season so far has been injury problems, which has continued with the confirmed (official website) news that Barry Douglas has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team will have to continue their promotion bid without him and with seven league games remaining they sit second in the Championship inside the automatic spots.
But the Whites are only two points above Sheffield United in third and there’s likely to be plenty more twists still.
Douglas will be missed as an experienced option at left-back, but Ezgjan Alioski is likely to continue in that role for now.
But the injury setback perhaps brings Stuart Dallas back into the fold, a player who has had not made a start for Leeds since December.
Dallas is a versatile player that is useful in the squad given the fact he can play in both full-back positions and also further forward as a winger.
The 27-year-old would surely be a natural replacement for Alioski at left-back if he suffered a problem and he may get more minutes in the final games of the season.
He’s been mainly used as a substitute in the past month by Bielsa and is yet to start since returning from injury.
Dallas is a dependable figure that could still end up having a big say in the promotion bid and the Yorkshire club are desperate to get over the line automatically to avoid the play-offs.