Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has been handed a significant injury boost as Pablo Hernandez‘s recovery from a groin problem is making discernible progress.
The £1.08m-valued playmaker proved to be a vital asset for the Yorkshire club last term as they sealed automatic promotion to the Premier League, contributing with nine goals and nine assists in his 36 games in England’s second tier.
Indeed, The Athletic journalist Phil Hay championed him as “unreal” after his last-gasp winner at former club Swansea towards the end of the promotion-winning campaign.
Featuring for the Whites in the opening Premier League game of the season, when they narrowly lost to Liverpool in a seven-goal thriller, Hernandez has since been sidelined with a groin problem.
Hernandez back in training
Amid the international break, footage of Hernandez was shared via LUTV showing the former Valencia man working out at Thorp Arch.
With Marcelo Bielsa initially saying that Hernandez would be ruled out for a couple of weeks after the injury he sustained against Fulham last month, it is now expected that he will be available for selection when domestic football returns next week.
While new signing Raphinha was largely the centre of attention, footage from the club showed Hernandez going through his paces as he steps up his injury recovery.
Will Hernandez go straight back in to Leeds’ starting XI?
After Hernandez contributed so heavily to Leeds’ promotion, he may have been expected to play a large part in the Premier League this season.
However, a starting place may be difficult to come by over the next few weeks, especially with the excellent form of Mateusz Klich, who already has two goals and an assist to his name in 2020/21.
The ever-meticulous Bielsa will no doubt have plans in place already for the Spaniard to be embedded back into the fold at Elland Road.
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