Date: 22nd February 2018 at 4:39pm
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Pablo Hernandez could be set to miss out on our match against Brentford.

The Spaniard has been a key player for us in recent weeks, but he picked up a groin injury in last night`s draw against Derby.

In an unfortunate quirk of fate Heckingbottom was actually going to substitute the 32-year-old before he sustained the injury and the gaffer told the Yorkshire Evening Post, he is very frustrated that our playmaker picked up the knock:

‘He just felt his groin a little bit at the end. The frustrating thing is, we were just about to bring him off anyway so I`m hoping it`s not too bad. But we`ll have to assess him and see. He was sat in there with some ice on him. I`m not ruling him out but usually when you come off with a muscle injury it`s usually not great and you are going to be out for a few days minimum so we`ll have to see how he is.’

Although there was the saving grace that the man who replaced him on the pitch, Gjanni Alioski scored to put us 2-1 up – every Leeds fan will be hoping Pablo recovers in time to face the Bees.

In terms of other absentees from the squad, we still have three long term injuries.

Luke Ayling, we all know, will miss the rest of the season after ankle surgery.

Tyler Roberts meanwhile has a shin injury that will keep him out for an extended period, and we have yet to hear news of when he will recover full fitness. Hecks told reporters last week that they will be guided by the advice of specialists on when he can return.

Conor Shaughnessy is the final name on the list. The defender has an ankle injury, but it has yet to be determined whether he will need surgery. The gaffer has stated he will be out for the long term so don`t expect him in a Leeds shirt again any time soon.

 

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