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Report: Leeds United set for key fitness boost, single hurdle to overcome

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Pablo Hernandez is expected to be fit for Leeds United’s clash with Wolves on Monday. However, he may have to overcome an under-23 fixture on Friday to prove his fitness.

Leeds have gone without Hernandez for their last three Championship fixtures due to a groin strain.

However, the international break has come at a good time for the Spaniard and he’s looking at a return on Monday.

Hernandez dropped out of the Leeds squad against Fulham after a problem with his groin in the warm-up.

The 35-year-old hasn’t been seen since and Marcelo Bielsa has leaned on Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo to cover him.

Leeds are next in action on Monday when they face Wolves at Elland Road, which is a fixture Hernandez should return for.

As per Leeds Live, Hernandez has been back in training and should be able to feature in the squad on Monday night.

However, Bielsa – as he likes to do – might put the veteran midfielder through an under-23 fixture on Friday. Mark Jackson’s side take on Reading.

It’s good news that Hernandez looks to be back in the picture. He’s a welcome addition to the squad on Monday and it improves our attack, no doubt.

For me, I’d avoid plunging him into the under-23s and put him straight onto the bench on Monday.

Bielsa does like to lean on the under-23s to give him senior players minutes, but Hernandez does get slightly different treatment given his age.

There’s no need to risk him, he’s simply that important.

Rodrigo, in particular, eases the need to rush him back into the starting XI. However, it’s vital Bielsa gets Hernandez into his squad at the earliest opportunity.

Unnecessary risk makes little sense.

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