Early Leeds team news: Key midfielder to be omitted against Cambridge - reliable journalist
By Alex Stevens
Pablo Hernandez is set to be omitted from the Leeds team that faces Cambridge in the FA Cup on Monday night, according to a reliable journalist.
The Yorkshire giants announced on Monday that the Spanish attacking midfielder had become their first signing of the January transfer window.
Hernandez, who spent the first half of the season on loan from Qatari club Al-Arabi, has signed a permanent deal with Leeds initially until the end of 2016-17 but with an option for it to be extended for a further 12 months.
But it appears that Leeds fans will not get a glimpse of the key player in the FA Cup third-round clash against the League Two outfit at the Cambs Glass Stadium.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay was asked by a Twitter follower on Monday if Hernandez had been registered as a Leeds player in time to feature in the 7.45pm kick-off.
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Hay, who is a very reliable source of Leeds news, replied on his personal Twitter account that he didn’t think Hernandez will feature against the minnows.
@ephemeraljoy don’t think he’ll feature tonight
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 9, 2017
Hay did not elaborate on whether Hernandez would miss out due to red tape, or manager Garry Monk’s desire to hold him in reserve for Friday’s Championship clash against Derby.
The Spain international has recently returned to full fitness after a seven-week absence due to a hamstring problem, and Monk will not want to risk him for a tie Leeds are expected to win.
Hernandez is a key player in the high flying Championship club’s bid to win promotion back to the top flight after a 13-year spell in the doldrums.
Elland Road boss Monk has hinted that he will rest a number of first-team regulars on Monday and give opportunities to the second string.
In other Leeds news, Monk has clinched his second January transfer.