Leeds delivered Pablo Hernandez injury update


In some cases, it’s not always good to have football back.

For Leeds United, that has been the story in the last week.

Jean-Kevin Augustin still isn’t fit while Pablo Hernandez and Tyler Roberts are also injured. As for the action on the pitch, the less said the better.

The Whites were beaten 2-0 by Cardiff at the weekend as Marcelo Bielsa’s men were handed an untimely setback in their pursuit of Premier League football.

On the positive side, though, they’re only second to West Bromwich Albion on goal difference.

Hernandez was initially ruled out of the Cardiff clash after suffering from a niggle, with a return date set to be against Fulham this weekend.

Though, it was thought he’d be back in training in the middle of this week. Since that news, Phil Hay provided an assessment on the Spaniard.

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Taking to Twitter, the Scottish journalist claimed he was doing well, but would wait for a thorough assessment and debrief from Bielsa.

Hay said:  

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It was evident against Cardiff just how much United missed the Spanish magician. 

From a central position, Leeds only managed a solitary key pass. None were forthcoming from Mateusz Klich as Tyler Roberts created just one chance before he was substituted.

Helder Costa was in the mood, creating four opportunities, but ultimately, none were good enough to score from.

Hernandez hasn’t reached the dizzy heights of last season where he racked up 24 goal contributions when the veteran still has 12 so far this term.

In total, he’s carved out 2.3 key passes per match, a tally that’s bettered by no one in the whole Leeds squad. The next best is Jack Harrison on 2 per outing, something that goes to show just how much the former Swansea man is missed when he’s absent.

A return to action against Fulham could be huge given their own placing in the table and it will be rather timely if he returns to action at the weekend.

At the age of 35, it’s hardly surprising that the attacker is picking up injury niggles here and there, so Bielsa will have to monitor him closely as the campaign draws to a close.

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