Kevin Campbell has tipped Pablo Hernandez to return for Leeds United “soon” after the midfielder missed Sunday’s goalless draw with Arsenal through injury.

The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that his “upset” and “angry” reaction to being substituted against Leicester City prior to the international break was not a factor in his absence.

Hernandez missed his second consecutive game for Leeds last weekend and has not featured since he reacted angrily to being replaced by Tyler Roberts on 2 November.

Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa revealed in the build-up to the game against Arsenal that the Spanish playmaker had suffered a minor muscle injury and would therefore miss the visit of Mikel Arteta’s side.

He has already missed three Premier League fixtures this season because of injury but could be in contention to feature in this Saturday’s trip to Everton.

When asked by Football Insider if he thought there could be another reason behind the midfielder’s absence, Campbell said:

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“If it was not an injury we would know about it straight away.

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“A player wants to play and he’s been upset and unhappy. He was disciplined and just as it looked as if he would get another opportunity he picks up a little niggle.

“I think it is just a little niggle and I am pretty sure that he will be back playing soon.” 

In other Leeds United news, Gabby Agbonlahor has told Football Insider Marcelo Bielsa should use star player in different role after Thorp Arch sighting.