Loads of Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media after Marcelo Bielsa stated that Pablo Hernandez is available to face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon.
Hernandez has been ruled out since our defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage on December 12, having sustained a hamstring injury just three minutes into the Championship affair in South West London.
The veteran Spaniard had already missed six games earlier in the campaign after developing a calf problem, and later picked up a hamstring injury during a run-out in the Under 23s as he bid to make his comeback.
Former Valencia and Swansea City playmaker Hernandez could now feature at Elland Road this Saturday as we host Garry Monk’s eighth-placed Owls, though, as Bielsa has stated that the 34-year-old is back in training at Thorp Arch alongside 20-year-old Jamie Shackleton.
“Both of them are available and training with the group,” said the boss during his pre-game press conference, via quotes by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
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Shackleton has played just one minute of first-team football since being forced off at half-time against West Bromwich Albion on October 1, having developed a muscular issue during a one-minute cameo against Reading on the back of a hamstring strain.
The Leeds-born prospect had just begun to find his footing for the season when he suffered the hamstring injury, with the Baggies’ visit to West Yorkshire representing his fourth start in six league appearances.
Tyler Roberts is also said to be planning on returning to training next week, having felt some tightness in his hamstring against Birmingham City and rested for our New Year’s Day draw with title-rivals West Brom.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Bielsa’s pre-Sheffield Wednesday injury update…
Light at the end of the tunnel😍
— bielsa’s lucky blue bucket 💙💛💙💛 (@delwright21) January 9, 2020
— James Brown (@jamesjamesbrown) January 9, 2020
Get in! that’s a boost for us no question 👍🏻⚽️
— MaxFlash67 (@maxrgreen) January 9, 2020
That’s huge news. Did not expect Pablo back that quickly. Praying he doesn’t do the same injury again anytime soon
— Dave Duracell (@DaveDuracell) January 9, 2020
— nigel stanley (@nigelLUFC) January 9, 2020
More excellent injury news👌🏻
So early in the Window too. Amazing… 😉
— Paul (@GravPa) January 9, 2020
Oh my Christ
— Martyn 💙💛 (@martyn_ss) January 9, 2020
Just like 2 new signings….. said Radz, Orta and Angus
— Escape to Prague (@escapetoprague) January 9, 2020
Great news to have our creative boys back. 👏
— Chris (@Chris_CD2010) January 9, 2020
In other Leeds United news, the club plan to bring a youth international to Thorp Arch next week ahead of a potential transfer.