Inside Stuart Dallas' injury struggles as former Leeds United man looks to the future

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has spoken for the first time of his sadness over Stuart Dallas' retirement from professional football. Dallas called time on his career in April following a two-year lay-off with a knee injury.

The 32-year-old was given a standing ovation at half-time of the Whites' Championship match with Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road following the announcement. It remains to be seen whether Dallas will remain at United in some capacity.

Dallas has talked about the possibility of going into coaching or management. He is expected to hold discussions with the the Whites about his post-playing career.

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Speaking on the latest episode of the 'My Mate's A Footballer' podcast, Bamford said: "It's really sad that he had to retire because of it. Throughout this season, there was multiples times where I saw him running on the grass, and he'd be struggling and have to come back in.

"He had to have multiple operations and procedures. It wasn't a normal run - it was a struggle. It was a limp. You weren't just thinking about his football - you were thinking about stuff after football as well.

"That he's got back to doing things normally now was still nice to see. You don't want anyone to have to retire through injury but you definitely don't want them to miss out on things later in life because of [the injuries].

"You try everything you can to get back and I've seen how he works really hard. I know that everyone in the physio department did everything they could to get him back. There gets to a point where it takes a toll on you mentally and you have to look at it sensibly and come to terms with it."