Leeds United now have a better idea of when forward Kemar Roofe and winger Pablo Hernandez will return to action, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay.
Unfortunately for fans of the Elland Road club, neither are set to play again soon with Hernandez potentially a long-term absentee.
Hernandez is looking at the other side of the international break. Roofe maybe before then.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 22, 2018
The Whites suffered their first league defeat of the season on Saturday when they went down 2-1 at home to struggling Birmingham City, who are managed by former boss Garry Monk.
Neither Hernandez nor Roofe featured and Leeds fans will be keen to see them back as soon as possible, particularly with Patrick Bamford also a long-term injury absentee.
The Spaniard, whose creativity is being sorely missed, was initially ruled out until around October with a muscle injury.
Hay now claims that Hernandez will not play until after the next international break, which comes around in the second week of October.
Roofe, meanwhile, has not played since the 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough, leaving Tyler Roberts to lead the line in his and Bamford’s absence.
Hay believes he will be back before Hernandez is fit again, and should therefore return to the side before the international break in October.
The news caps a disappointing few days for Leeds fans, who saw their side defeated on Saturday.
Their lack of firepower upfront without Roofe and Bamford and limited experience on the wings is being exposed, threatening to undo some of the hard work of the first two months of the campaign.
While manager Marcelo Bielsa has praised Roberts, who has come in and impressed on occasion, he will be desperate to have Roofe available again.
He takes the squad to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday before then travelling to Hull City on October 2.
It is possible that Roofe may make the trip to the KCOM Stadium but the game against the Owls is likely to come too soon for him.