Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

Losing Pablo Hernandez against Cardiff City will be a “humungous” blow for Leeds United, according to Darren Bent.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, is convinced the club’s reigning player of the year is a special talent who will be sorely missed.

Manager Marcelo Bielsa confirmed at his pre-match press conference that the 35-year-old was ruled out of Sunday’s game but that he will return to training next week.

Bent admits that he thinks Hernandez’s creativity can be replaced but insists his absence will still be a bitter pill to swallow for Leeds.

“It’s a humungous blow, a massive, massive, blow. He is their creative spark, he is the one who’s got that little bit of X-factor, that little bit of magic,” Bent told Football Insider.

“They’re going to have to cope with that, they’ve managed to cope without him in the past so I think they’ll be alright. 

“There are other players in that squad who I think they can’t afford to lose in this period, people like Kalvin Phillips, they are the real key ones – even Luke Ayling, I think if they lost him, that’s a big blow.

“I think they’ll be fine, I think they’ll be able to cope but it just doesn’t bode well for this period because I’m sure a lot of people are thinking: ‘Oh no, not again, I hope it doesn’t happen to Leeds again.'” 

Hernandez has scored six goals and chipped in with six assists for Leeds this season.

Bielsa will also be missing Jean-Kevin Augustin and Adam Forshaw for Sunday’s trip to Wales.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are braced for a near-£50million flurry of new signings.

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