Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will make a decision on whether Pablo Hernandez will play against Fulham by the end of today (Friday), according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker ruled out the Argentine boss making a call over the 35-year-old on Saturday morning ahead of the 15:00 kick-off.

Bielsa confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Hernandez had been training all week but that he still is by no means guaranteed to play against the Cottagers.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa hunches over

However, Whelan does not believe Bielsa will wait until the last minute to make a decision over the veteran maestro’s fitness, suggesting that he must have proved himself by the end of Friday.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I think in Marcelo Bielsa’s mind it’s today – I think it’s very rare that you’d get these days a fitness test on the morning of a game because there’s so much to prepare for.

“Players need to know their jobs and set pieces before the start of the game. I think that decision would have been made either yesterday or at the very latest today if Pablo’s fit.

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“I think you usually have a good idea at the beginning of the week after the Cardiff game, whether he’s going to be ready for the game and fit enough to play. If he is, that’s fantastic news because we need that different kind of dimension to our game, that creativity.” 

Tyler Roberts replaced Hernandez in the starting XI against Cardiff but he failed to help the Whites break down a resilient Bluebirds defence.

Leeds could find themselves three points behind table-toppers West Brom when they kick off on Saturday afternoon, with the Baggies playing Brentford on Friday night.

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