Early Leeds team news: Monk delivers update on attacking duo ahead of Norwich clash
By Alex Stevens
Pablo Hernandez has a “good chance” of returning to the Leeds team for their League Cup clash against Norwich on Tuesday night.
Garry Monk revealed on Monday afternoon that the Spanish playmaker is likely to be available for the last-16 all-Championship tie at Elland Road.
But Monk says, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account, that Tuesday’s match will “probably be too soon” for winger Stuart Dallas.
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Both players missed Leeds’ 1-0 league win over Wolves at Molineux on Saturday afternoon as Monk’s side put two poor results behind them to secure a victory that lifted them to within three points of the play-off positions.
Hernandez was absent due to a dead leg sustained against Wigan last Tuesday, while Dallas has been sidelined for the last three matches with a calf problem.
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Hernandez has been a regular for Leeds this season and would have been expected to start against Wolves.
The Spain international, who has won four caps for his country, joined Leeds on an initial five-month loan in August from Qatari club Al-Arabi.
Former Swansea player Hernandez has settled in well at Elland Road after taking a few weeks to acclimatise and build up his match fitness.
He has made 12 appearances for Garry Monk’s side in all competitions, including nine league starts, and has scored two goals and supplied one assist.
Hernandez was particularly influential during the team’s run of five wins from six matches, including four out of five league games, before the international break.
In other Leeds transfer news, an England international is months away from signing for the club.