Major Leeds blow as attacker ruled out for another 10 days with hamstring injury

By Alex Stevens

Pablo Hernandez is still around 10 days away from fully recovering from a hamstring injury in a major blow to Leeds.

Manager Garry Monk said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, that the United attacking midfielder will miss another week-and-a-half with the problem.

This will rule the one-time Spain international out of Leeds’ Championship home match against struggling Brentford on Saturday.

Hernandez has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since before the last international break, with his last appearance coming in the 3-2 win at Norwich on 5 November.

In the playmaker’s absence, Leeds have won three of their five league matches, losing their other two against Newcastle and Brighton. Monk’s side have also been eliminated from the EFL Cup after a plucky defeat at Anfield against Premier League giants Liverpool.

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Hernandez will now be targeting a return on Boxing Day, when Leeds make the short journey to Preston.

Leeds coped well without Hernandez on Tuesday evening as a team hit hard in midfield by injury and suspensions chalked up a 2-0 win against third-placed Reading.

But Hernandez is highly regarded by Monk for his vision and technique, and is key to getting the best out of the other players.

Victory against Reading came at a cost as another Leeds attacker suffered a hamstring injury, with Chris Wood forced to come off 33 minutes into the match.

Monk said on Tuesday night that the club’s leading scorer would undergo scans on Wednesday to discover the severity of the injury.

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