Heckingbottom confirms huge fitness boost for Leeds ahead of clash v Wolves
Leeds United are set to welcome Championship table-toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers to Elland Road on Wednesday night, and could well welcome back attacker Pablo Hernandez after it was confirmed he was back in training.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are in the midst of a mini-blip – one which the Whites will hope to take full advantage of after they failed to register a victory in their last three outings in the league.
And while Paul Heckingbottom’s side will be without Kemar Roofe and Andy Lonergan for the fixture, they have received better news as Pablo Hernandez is back in training and could feature.
The news was confirmed by Paul Heckingbottom at his pre-match press conference, as reported by Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Hernandez is back in training and will be available. Lonergan and Roofe aren't training yet. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 5, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
While Wolves’ form has dwindled lately, even the return of Hernandez to the fold is unlikely to boost any kind of reaction after the display against Middlesbrough which was insipid at best. However, his six goals from the midfield zone have shown him to be integral to the Whites goalscoring threat, and his comeback will be welcomed. Felix Wiedwald has been jittery between the sticks and is in need of a spell away from the limelight which won’t happen while Lonergan is absent. With Roofe also out, it’s difficult to see where the goals are going to come from. Pierre Michel-Lassoga struggled to make any kind of in-road on a tough Boro rearguard last time out and against the Championship’s second-best defence, a breach of the Wolves back-line looks unlikely.
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