Ian Baraclough says that Leeds United hero Stuart Dallas has the full support of the Northern Ireland team and they will be there for him as he makes his recovery from a long-term injury.
Dallas has had successful surgery on his broken leg after suffering a femoral fracture against Manchester City in the Premier League last month.
It was a huge blow to Leeds at the time and, while the Elland Road side managed to avoid relegation on the final day of the season, manager Jesse Marsch has said that the “heart and soul” of his side faces at least six months on the sidelines.
That means the 31-year-old will miss all of Northern Ireland’s Nations League games, including the four coming up in June.
Dallas has been magnificent for his country for several years with his ability to slot into a number of positions a huge plus to boss Baraclough, who has been in touch with the former Crusaders player and says he will be welcome in the international camp any time during his rehabilitation.
“I’ve only spoken to Stuart through text messages, I did say in my first text that there’s no need to ring me back, he has had to deal with taking in the information about a really bad injury, let’s not get away from that,” said Baraclough.
“It’s something he wouldn’t have been expecting. Everyone sees Stuart Dallas take a knock, get up, shake it off and carry on playing but it is a bad injury, one that will require everyone around him supporting him, family and friends.
“I know for a fact that he has only reached out to close family and friends. I’m more than happy with having conversations through text rather than speak about it.
“He knows that we are there for him. He knows that I will want him to come in and be part of the squad during his rehab and he has a massive part to play for that.
“Jesse Marsch is aware that I’m going to want him to come in, and he’s more than happy for him to do that. We all play a role in Stuart’s recovery, and hopefully he can come back fitter and stronger.
“I’m not putting a time on his recovery. I know he has been to the last couple of Leeds games as I saw him on the pitch celebrating when they stayed up to keep their Premier League status.
“If he travels to Northern Ireland, if he’s allowed to fly and if he can travel and can be part of this camp by popping into the hotel, we’d love to see him, but there’s no timescale on it.”