Marcelo Bielsa has provided an update on Pablo Hernandez’s recovery from injury.
Following Leeds United’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Millwall on Saturday, Bielsa was asked about when Hernandez could return from a muscular problem in his post-match press conference.
The Spanish wizard suffered the issue ahead of Leeds’ 1-1 draw with Derby County last month but played through the pain for 74 minutes, though the problem had not gone away and has kept him sidelined ever since.
Bielsa said on the matter: “It’s a big possibility he (will) come back“. The international break now provides the ideal time for players like Hernandez to recover and get back up to speed in time for the next Championship game week.
Hernandez’s inquisition is needed back out wide for Leeds. The 34-year-old started the season so brightly with two goals and two assists in his first five games, during which the Whites were unbeaten.
Indeed, during Saturday’s loss at Millwall, fellow winger Helder Costa was handed a fairly poor 5/10 rating by Leeds Live for his outing in South London, having ‘struggled to match the physicality of his markers or players’. So, given the former Swansea City ace’s experience in the Championship, his return could be a boost in dealing with life in the second-tier.
If he can rediscover that form upon returning to the starting 11, he could be instrumental in turning Leeds’ form round having won only one out of the last four games, with Hernandez having missed three of them.
Hernandez could potentially return for when Leeds host Birmingham City at Elland Road after the break, and if he does it will surely be a big boost to Bielsa and his side.
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