Leeds United could be without playmaker Pablo Hernandez for their trip to Preston North End on Tuesday night, reports The Telegraph.
After losing their grip on automatic promotion following a defeat to Birmingham City on Saturday, they could be without their star player for the vital run-in towards the end of the season and are hoping it is just a minor concern.
The 33-year-old left St Andrew’s with his left foot in a protective boot after suffering a kick to the leg during the game but Leeds say that this is just a precaution and will asses the injury in more detail on Monday.
Hernandez has been key to the Yorkshire’s side fortunes this season with 12 goals and 11 assists in 33 appearances but Birmingham manager Garry Monk, who brought the Spaniard to Elland Road in 2016 while in charge there, had a game plan to nullify the midfielder.
The Blues won by a single goal scored by the prolific Che Adams who hit his 22nd goal of the season on 29 minutes.
It was Leeds’s second defeat in their last three matches and have now dropped to third in the Championship following Sheffield United’s 1-0 victory at Preston.
Patrick Bamford was guilty of wasting chances, including one that hit the post, but head coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted after the game that his side did not do enough on the day.
A positive for Leeds was the return of top scorer Kemar Roofe who came off the bench to replace Bamford after missing the last two months with a knee injury and he could be set to start against Preston should Hernandez be ruled out.
North End have lost ground in their race for the play-offs with two defeats on the bounce and have only beaten the Whites just once in their last eight meetings.
After travelling to Deepdale, Leeds face a Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road four days later.