Leeds United star Pablo Hernandez sat out Saturday’s victory over Birmingham City amid fresh injury concerns, Marcelo Bielsa has revealed.
The Whites star was set to return to the squad on Saturday afternoon, giving the Championship outfit a massive boost ahead of a crucial clash.
However, Hernandez was missing from the Leeds team sheet despite Bielsa’s claim that he would be returning from injury this weekend.
The Elland Road faithful have been without the 34-year-old for the last three Championship fixtures, after he picked up a muscle problem.
Following their hard-fought 1-0 win over Birmingham, Leeds boss Bielsa commented on the absence of Hernandez and eluded to new injury concerns.
“Yesterday [Friday], we planned for him to play 30 minutes with the under-23s,” Bielsa told the media at his post-match press conference, as reported by Leeds Live.
“Today [Saturday], he was going to be one of the substitutes. He displayed in 30 minutes, but after he didn’t feel 100 per cent.
“For this reason, we prefer not to risk him and wait longer to analyse what happened to make him feel uncomfortable. He didn’t have any problem with the previous injury, but after he feels something in the back of his leg. In the hamstring.”
This news will come as a huge blow for Leeds fans if Hernandez is to be sidelined for even longer with another injury, as the attacking midfielder has a pivotal role within Bielsa’s team.
Prior to his initial muscle problem, he had been an ever present in the league for the Whites, scoring twice and laying on two assists in a great start to the campaign.
Leeds have often relied upon Hernandez to produce moments of brilliance to spark them into life, as he has a habit of producing crucial goals.
Bielsa, and the club’s loyal supporters, will be hopeful that this latest issue isn’t going to lengthen his absence from the First Team, and that their star man can be back on the field as soon as possible.