Sheffield United have been given a timely boost ahead of today’s clash with Leeds, with the Whites confirming that Pablo Hernandez will be missing for the clash at Bramall Lane.
Manager Marcelo Bielsa confirmed the news in his pre-match presser on Friday, admitting that the Spanish midfielder will miss the game due to injury.
Confirmed by Leeds Live, Hernandez will apparently miss around two more weeks of action. His loss to the first XI will be a big blow for the Whites, who will call on either Tyler Roberts of new signing, Rodrigo.
Hernandez has been influential for Leeds under Bielsa. He played a key role in promotion last season and is often seen as the man who can unlock the defence for the Whites.
It is a timely boost for Blades boss, Chris Wilder, who has concerns of his own in his squad. John Egan will be missing through suspension, while he has also failed to land a striker ahead of the tie.
Hernandez crucial, United should be buoyed by his absence
We aren’t celebrating the fact that a player is injured but in terms of what this means for the game, it could have a huge impact on proceedings.
Hernandez is a nightmare to play against. He drops deep, into pockets of space and is a constant threat. The likes of Jack O’Connell and Enda Stevens will be relieved to see him out of the team, in honesty.
Obviously, Leeds have quality in reserve. Rodrigo is a £26m signing, while Tyler Roberts has delivered more than once.
But in terms of small wins in the pre-match build-up, this is definitely one the Blades can be happy with.