Whelan hints there's more to Hernandez injury situation at Leeds than meets the eye
There is more to Pablo Hernandez’s recent injury than meets the eye and he won’t be a Leeds United player next season.
That is according to Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the 35-year-old missed out on the matchday squad which faced West Ham on Monday evening.
Quoted in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa said: “Pablo in the last football session we had picked up a minor muscular injury. Although the injury was only a minor one it was better he didn’t play today as a precaution.”
Hernandez has become a terrace favourite at Elland Road and made 172 appearances since he joined the club in 2016.
But he has seen his game-time reduced in 2020-21 and has started just two matches for Leeds since they won promotion to the Premier League.
This is the four-time Spain international’s third knock this season and Whelan is beginning to suspect that not all is as it seems.
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“There have been too many little niggles with him this season,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“But then you look at it and ask, ‘is it really a niggle’? Every time Rodrigo’s fit or Tyler Roberts is playing, there have been too many niggles that have cropped up.
“I don’t expect Pablo to be there next season, I really don’t. I do think he’s gone way, way down the pecking order when probably he shouldn’t be down there.”
Leeds were beaten 2-0 in Hernandez’s absence on Monday, their fourth loss in five games.
The result leaves them in a respectable 11th place in the league with 11 matches remaining.