Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed in his pre-Preston press conference – as quoted by Leeds Live – that Pablo Hernandez will be sidelined for a month after suffering a hamstring injury, and Leeds United fans have reacted on Twitter.
Hernandez, 34, pulled a hamstring after just three minutes during the 2-1 defeat to Fulham on Saturday afternoon. It set the tone for what was a very frustrating match for Leeds, as they hit the post and had a soft penalty given against them.
The Spain international makes Leeds tick, providing the creation in a side that have all the tools close to gaining promotion from the Championship to the Premier League. Bielsa’s injury update was eagerly anticipated by Leeds fans, then.
Unfortunately, ahead of a busy run of fixtures, former Valencia star Hernandez has been ruled out for a month. Bielsa confirmed as much on his press conference: “One month,” Bielsa said. “It was an injury with his hamstring.”
It is believed Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas will move from left-back into the middle of the park, while Gjanni Alioski goes to left-back to replace Hernandez – that is despite Jamie Shackleton and Tyler Roberts returning to full fitness.
Leeds fans have reacted on Twitter to the news that Hernandez will be out for an entire month, and many are concerned that another second-half slump could occur – just like 2018-19’s poor form after the 23-game mark.
With Forshaw and Pablo out for seemingly a while, a new midfielder should really be on the agenda in Jan
— Andy.ridge (@Andyridge2) December 23, 2019
Great, just in time for our standard collapse. That’s him out for 2 months realistically
— The Trainee RQT (@TrainingToTeach) December 23, 2019
Noooooooooo!!!!!!! Pablo has ruined Christmas!
— Jez 💙💛 (@MoreReasonsThan) December 23, 2019
Playing players out of position will come back to bite us. Surely it's time to trust the u23s to step up.
— Bielsa Bubb 💙💛 (@bellhouse_mike) December 23, 2019
— Zak Pullen (@zak_pullen) December 23, 2019
Massive loss this time of year. Especially with the fixtures we have
— Parma (@Hello_Parma) December 23, 2019