By Dominic Toner
Leeds signing Pablo Hernandez is available to make his Leeds debut after being granted international clearance.
Garry Monk revealed on Tuesday morning that the Spain international had been given the all-clear from his parent club in Qatar to make his Elland Road bow.
Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Lee Sobot quoted Monk as saying that Hernandez is available for Wednesday night’s Football League Cup first-round trip to Fleetwood Town.
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) August 9, 2016
The Leeds manager was unable to call on ex-Swansea man Hernandez for the first Championship game of the season against QPR on Sunday, which they lost 1-0.
Hernandez, who joined Leeds on a six-month loan from Al-Arabi at the start of last week, watched the match at Lofrus Road from the stands.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 7, 2016
Hernandez’s transfer has been widely hailed as a coup given that he has three full Spain caps and was Swansea’s then club-record signing of £5.5million in 2012.
Al-Arabi signed Hernandez from Swansea – a club where he played alongside former defender Monk from 2012 to 2014 – but the Spaniard spent most of last season in La Liga on loan at Rayo Vallecano.
Hernandez has spent most of his career playing as a winger but Monk views him as a natural No10 and he will be handed the playmaker role at Elland Road.
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