Pablo Hernandez says he is willing and ready to play for Leeds despite not being 100% fit when they host Luton on Tuesday night, but admits that any decision on whether or not he features will be down to manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Having missed his side’s 2-0 defeat at Cardiff in the first game after the season’s resumption, Hernandez returned to the matchday squad on Saturday, coming off the bench at half time to help Leeds to a vital 3-0 win over Fulham, providing a stunning assist for Jack Harrison in the process.
Perhaps not surprisingly therefore, Leeds will be desperate to Hernandez available again in midweek, and it seems there is a chance that could happen.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Luton about his fitness, Hernandez told Leeds’ official website: “Obviously I’m not 100 per cent. But I feel good, I feel like I can play and help the team.
“The final decision is up to the manager, I know the situation and how important it is to win games.”
But with the battle for promotion now approaching its conclusion, it seems Hernandez is more concerned with his side getting results, than enjoying minutes on the pitch for himself, with the Spaniard adding: “To me now, it doesn’t if I play more minutes or less, if I can help the team for 10 minutes I will give everything in those 10 minutes and the same if the manager decides 45 or 90 minutes.
“All of the players in the squad need to be ready to play and help the team and this is my mentality now.”
So far this season, Hernandez has scored six goals and provided seven assists in 29 league appearances for the Whites.
As a result, given his ability to come up with crucial, game-changing moments at any time, many associated with the club will feel that having the 35-year-old on the pitch is vital to those results that he talks about being more important than his own game time.
Consequentially, it would be something of a surprise were Hernandez not to feature at some point against Luton, given he has made himself available to do so.