By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

25th Feb, 2020 | 8:00pm

'Very bizarre' - Exclusive: Bruce flummoxed by Leeds situation he's never seen before

Alex Bruce admits he is baffled as to why the FA hearing into allegations against Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla have taken so long.

The former Leeds and Hull defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that such cases are usually dealt with much quicker than the Spaniard’s.

The 33-year-old is charged with using abusive language towards Charlton’s Jonathan Leko back in September, with Phil Hay reporting that the two-day hearing had concluded last week.

Bruce says that the lengthy process is not ideal for Casilla during the club’s hunt for promotion and that he cannot understand why a decision has taken so long.

Bruce told Football Insider: “When you’ve got something hanging over your head like that, it’s difficult but obviously we don’t know what was said, we don’t know if anything was said. 

“The powers that be are looking into it but I have to say it is a little bit bizarre for an incident like it is to go on so long, where something’s been said. I can’t really think of anything like it to be honest.

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“They’re normally done very quickly so yeah, a very bizarre circumstance.” 

Casilla has been a mainstay for Marcelo Bielsa between the posts this season, playing in every single one of their Championship games and all but one of their cup fixtures.

Illan Meslier, who stepped in for the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, is set to take Casilla’s place if he is found guilty, with a minimum of a six-game ban on the cards.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan is fretting over a Twitter update after what he saw from Stuart Dallas.