Noel Whelan is looking forward to Pablo Hernandez returning against Fulham after a journalist revealed he is set to return to Leeds United training today.

The former Whites and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that the 35-year-old is the only player in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad that has the “brilliance” capable of unlocking a stubborn defence.

Hernandez was ruled out for Leeds’ Championship return in the week building up to their fixture against Cardiff and Tyler Roberts replaced the creative behind Patrick Bamford.

Despite having 69 per cent of the possession against the automatic promotion chasers failed to create many clear-cut chances.

Whelan urged Leeds to be more aggressive in attack on Saturday when they take on third-placed Fulham at Elland Road.

“We are hoping that Pablo is back against Fulham,” he told Football Insider.

“We lacked that little bit of brilliance that is needed against teams like Cardiff. They sat very deep and you need that brilliance in games like that and he is the only player at the club that can produce that.

“Hopefully that inspiration is back on Saturday against Fulham.

“We definitely need to improve. We need to iron out the mistakes and get a big sharper, angrier and dangerous in front of goal.”

Talking on the latest episode of the Inside Elland Road podcast on Tuesday evening, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth delivered a very positive update, saying he would “put money on him” being involved against Fulham.

He explained the club’s intention was for the Spanish maestro to return to full Leeds training today.

Fulham also lost on their Championship return after they slipped to a 2-0 defeat to fellow promotion hopefuls Brentford at Craven Cottage.

Therefore, Leeds remain seven points clear of the Play-Offs but if they lose against Fulham and Brentford beat West Brom the race for automatic promotion would be worryingly tight.

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