Noel Whelan is confident Pablo Hernandez will return to the Leeds United team for today’s Championship clash against Blackburn Rovers.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker is convinced the Spanish maestro will be handed his first start since 21 September.
Hernandez missed six games through injury before being recalled to the bench for last weekend’s 2-0 win over QPR, playing the last 13 minutes as a substitute.
Marcelo Bielsa is usually reluctant to change a winning team, but Whelan says Hernandez is a special case.
“Pablo is now back fit, which is fantastic,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He’s the magic man, the one who can produce something out of nothing and has to be in the side when he is fit.
“He gives us another creative player, and I fully expect him to be back in the starting XI against Blackburn Rovers.
“Bielsa says he is fit and that means he has to play. He could play Pablo in the middle, with [Helder] Costa out wide, or Pablo on the right where he usually plays.
“I’ve seen he’s been training fully at Thorp Arch, so it makes sense to play him. He’s too good not to, really.”
Hernandez has made nine appearances for Leeds this season, scoring two goals and supplying two assists.
He was named the club’s player of the year in each of the previous two seasons and is regarded by many as the outstanding player at United.
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