Noel Whelan has responded to rumours about the latest Pablo Hernandez absence mystery by insisting Marcelo Bielsa is being honest about the Leeds United man’s “injury”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds striker and boyhood Whites fan claimed any issue between the pair will have been cleared up behind the scenes.

Hernandez has not played for Leeds since reacting angrily to being substituted against Leicester City at the beginning of November.

He was left out of the matchday squad for the Whites’ game against Crystal Palace before the international break despite Bielsa confirming he was fit.

Hernandez then took to Instagram after being left out to apologise for his actions against the Foxes.

Bielsa confirmed before the visit of Arsenal at the weekend that the 35-year-old had picked up a muscular injury and would miss the game.

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Asked by Football Insider about rumours re-surfacing of a bust-up between the manager and veteran star, Whelan said: “I don’t think there’s a problem. One thing Marcelo Bielsa is very honest.

“I think we saw that after the Crystal Palace game when he said ‘he’s fit, I’ve just not chosen him.’

“If there was anything going on between the two of them I would have expected it to be cleared up by now.

“There’s no reason for Marcelo Bielsa to say he’s got a little niggle or injury because that’s not his style.

“I do think Pablo has probably picked up a little bit of an injury but he did say it’s nothing too serious and he’ll be back for Everton.”

Hernandez has started just two Premier League games this season is yet to register a goal or assist this term.

Last season he scored nine goals and provided nine assists in 36 Championship games as Leeds secured the title.

In other Leeds United news, a club is expected to trigger a clause to sign a 28-year-old with “no future” at Elland Road.