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Monk reveals why Hernandez not in Leeds squad v QPR

By Dominic Toner

Leeds signing Pablo Hernandez is not in the squad for the first Championship game of the season against QPR – because he is yet to receive international clearance.

The official Leeds Twitter account quoted manager Garry Monk as saying that the Spain international was still waiting for the all-clear from his parent club in Qatar to make his debut for the club.

Hernandez, who joined Leeds on a six-month loan from Al-Arabi at the start of the week, will watch the match at Lofrus Road from the stands.

Garry Monk has named his starting 11 for the league opener and it includes Chris Wood spearheading the attack.

Monk has elected to give four of his new signings their debuts from the off, with England international Rob Green, Swansea City loanees Matt Grimes and Kyle Bartley and League 2 Player of the Year Kemar Roofe all starting.

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Hernandez’s transfer has been widely hailed as a coup given that he has three full Spain caps and was Swansea’s then club-record signing of £5.5million in 2012.

Al-Arabi signed Hernandez from Swansea – a club where he played alongside former defender Monk from 2012 to 2014 – but the Spaniard spent most of last season in La Liga on loan at Rayo Vallecano.

Hernandez has spent most of his career playing as a winger but Monk views him as a natural No10 and he will be handed the playmaker role at Elland Road.

In other Leeds team news, Don Goodman has predicted were he thinks the club will finish this season.