Best to leave this one alone for the time being.
If you take a look at the current Leeds United injury list, there’s one very prominent name right at the top of it, Pablo Hernandez. Speaking in his press conference yesterday, Bielsa spoke gave an update on his injury status as well as his importance to the team:
“Pablo Hernandez is finishing his recovery. I can’t say he will be available for Millwall, we will have to wait and see how the recovery goes. You always miss a player like Pablo when he is not in the team, but we are in good condition to put another player in to replace him. The offensive game played against Derby was the same against Charlton which is proof of that, in both games we created enough chances to score. Of course we miss Pablo, but the team can resolve his absence.”
I spoke recently about how we should be getting used to the idea of losing Hernandez somewhere in the future, given that his contract expires in the summer, this injury could be a chance for us to have a good look at what Leeds look like in the years to come.
And my word if the Charlton game is anything to go by, then that future could be very bleak indeed. With 29 goals and 32 assists in his time at Elland Road, it’s no secret just how important Hernandez is to this side when it comes to finding the back of the net, and given how Leeds have struggled to do that this season.
But should that mean we rush him back from injury in order to help solve that crisis? Bielsa talks about him maybe being available for Millwall, but I personally think this injury comes at the perfect time. With the international break on the horizon, I think it’s best that he sit out the games the game against Millwall and make sure he is fully healed. We don’t want to rush him back, then find out that we’ve reaggravated the issue and him to be pout for an even longer stretch.
What about you? Do you think that we should rush Pablo back into the first team when he recovers from his injury? Or do you think the risk of losing him again is so great that we should treat his recovery with caution?