Pablo Hernandez’s potential return date to action for Leeds United continues to remain unclear, according to Phil Hay.
The Athletic journalist held a Q&A session with supporters (subscription required) on Friday and was asked for an update on the Spaniard’s status as he has been on the sidelines with a muscular problem.
However, it appears the reliable source of information was unable to help fans on this occasion as he revealed that a timescale for the veteran’s return still had not been something that had been disclosed to them by Marcelo Bielsa.
“There was no indication that he’d been immediately ready on this side of the international break,” he informed fans. “Honest answer, I’m not entirely sure. Bielsa hasn’t given us a timescale.”
Hernandez had a strong start to the campaign before picking up his latest injury as he had managed to bag himself two goals and provide his team-mates with two assists in his eight appearances so far (Transfermarkt).
Indeed, in the three Championship matches that he has missed since being forced to spend time on the treatment table, Leeds have had a rather mixed bag of form – defeats against Charlton Athletic and Millwall with a win against West Bromwich Albion to help balance things out slightly.
And, going by his season statistics per WhoScored, there would be evidence to suggest that the 34-year-old has been missed in recent fixtures. According to the data, Hernandez has managed to make 2.8 key passes per game, register a goal threat with 2.5 shots per match whilst completing 76.5% of his pass attempts.
The Spanish attacker was vital to Leeds in last year’s promotion efforts, as he provided Bielsa’s side with an exceptional 24 goal contribution – scoring 12 and creating a further 12 with his ability on the ball (Transfermarkt).
The update, or lack of, from Hay will certainly leave some of the Leeds fans with a cause for concern as it will be worrying that no timescale appears to have been made clear.
Hernandez has clearly been a key member of the Whites and has played a crucial role for Bielsa’s side over the last 12 months or so (and even during the days of Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom) and the two poor results in the three games he has been unavailable further highlights his influence in the side.
Hopefully, with the international break in full swing, the 34-year-old will be able to make the most of the break and get himself into contention for Leeds’ upcoming Championship match with Birmingham City.
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