Alex Bruce insists he would axe one of the Leeds United forwards to bring Pablo Hernandez back into the starting XI against Fulham on Saturday.

The former Leeds and Hull City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims the Spanish veteran is “so valuable” to Marcelo Bielsa’s men that he would do what he can to get him back playing.

The 35-year-old missed the defeat to Cardiff through injury but Bielsa confirmed he had trained all this week ahead of Saturday’s visit of the Cottagers.

Bruce believes that with only a handful of games remaining this season, he would roll the dice and throw Hernandez back into the starting XI at the expense of one of his teammates.

Asked if he would take the risk on playing the Spanish maestro, Bruce told Football Insider: “Yeah, definitely because when you get to this stage of the season your experienced players are going to be key. 

“He’ll be a healthy addition to the team if he’s fit. I think with so little games to go, if he’s fit, he’s so valuable to the team I think I probably would (throw him back in). 

“We’ve seen Harry Kane and people like that who have performed well after having layoffs and yeah, I think if he’s fit, he’ll play.” 

Tyler Roberts took Hernandez’s place in the starting XI against Cardiff, while Kalvin Phillips also returned after missing the last game before lockdown.

The Whites currently sit behind West Brom in the Championship table, with Fulham seven points behind in third.

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