Leeds United

Pablo Hernandez could make a rare start for Leeds United if Mateusz Klich is unavailable against Aston Villa this weekend.

That is the view of former Leeds striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, touted Tyler Roberts and Jamie Shackleton as other potential replacements.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, as quoted by injury analyst Ben Dinnery, Bielsa admitted he was unsure if Klich would be available for Saturday’s tie.

Klich hobbled off just before the hour mark in the 3-0 win over Southampton and became Leeds’ eighth injured player.

The others are Kalvin Phillips, Rodrigo Moreno, Jamie Shackleton, Ian Poveda and long-termers Robin Koch, Gaetano Berardi and Adam Forshaw.

Hernandez meanwhile took the place of Tyler Roberts 15 minutes from the end for his 12th top-flight appearance of the season.

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The Spanish attacking midfielder has started just twice in the Premier League, with the last time against Leicester City back in November.

With Klich a possible doubt, Whelan has suggested the Elland Road favourite could return to the starting XI.

“If Klich is out, we’ve got to look to the bench,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“We’ve got to look to Pablo Hernandez. Maybe we have to look to Tyler Roberts, who can play in that area.

“You’re going to have to look to Jamie Shackleton who hopefully might be back again as well. I thought he was excellent when he played and.

“We’ve got the players, we’ve got the squad. It’s not the quality in depth that we would like but we’re a building side.

“The young players have done excellently when they’ve had to deputise for the experienced players.”

In other news, Whelan has slaughtered a Southampton “Cheat” after Ralph Hasenhuttl ripped into Leeds United.