Mills Exclusive: Leeds favourite facing freeze-out after big development
Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United star Pablo Hernandez will find it difficult to force his way back into the side when he returns from injury.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Whites and England full-back suggested the 35-year-old will have to wait for somebody else to get injured to get a chance to impress.
Hernandez has not featured for the Yorkshire giants since reacting angrily to being substituted against Leicester City at the beginning of November.
He took to Instagram to apologise for his actions after he was left out of the matchday squad completely against Crystal Palace the following week.
Marcelo Bielsa then revealed the Spaniard had picked up a muscular injury that forced him to miss the visit of Arsenal and trip to Everton.
Asked by Football Insider whether Hernandez will find it difficult to re-establish himself in the side, Mills said: “It’s always hard for any player that is out of a team that is playing well without you in it, you’ve got to force your way back into it.
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“Bielsa won’t just look at results, he’ll look at performances, he’ll look at who is doing well in that role and doing what he wants them to do for the team.
“I don’t think it’s personal whatsoever, it’s just difficult when a team is on a bit of a role and you’ve not played for a while, how do you force your way back into that?
“You have to wait for some bad performances or injuries to get your opportunity again.”
Hernandez has started just two Premier League games this season despite playing a key role in their Championship title-winning campaign last term.
The four-capped Spain international scored nine goals and provided nine assists in 37 games last season.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has claimed a 28-year-old will never play for the club again after a big update.