By Craig Scott

23rd Dec, 2019 | 4:30pm

MOT View: Stats highlight how big blow may threaten Leeds season as Bielsa confirms player news

If a Leeds United fan had to pick one player that they would not be able to use for a month then the last person on anyone’s list would be Pablo Hernandez.

Hernandez, 34, is not only the most talented player at Elland Road but he is also one of the best in the Championship.

The former Spain international would walk into every single team in the second-tier and there is no doubt that he would even have an impact in the Premier League if he had the chance to play in the top-flight again.

However Leeds are going to have to make do without their talismanic Spaniard for the next month after Marcelo Bielsa confirmed a potentially major blow to the Yorkshire club’s season on Monday.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash against Preston on Boxing Day, Bielsa confirmed that Hernandez is out for “one month” with “an injury in his hamstring” [LeedsLive].

It is a major blow for the Whites at such a crucial stage of the season when games are coming thick and fast and Bielsa’s men face huge tasks against fellow promotion chasers.

After facing off against fifth-placed Preston on Thursday, Leeds play against Birmingham on Sunday, league leaders West Brom on New Years Day and after a trip to Arsenal in the FA Cup third round, they welcome third-placed Sheffield Wednesday to Elland Road on January 11.

If Hernandez is back to fitness within a month then the next match he could play in is against Millwall on January 25 but before then there are six matches he is set to miss.

Hernandez is a true star of the Championship and whenever he has been injured during Bielsa’s time as manager, Leeds have suffered massively.

There is one telling stat that just shows how much Leeds are going to miss Hernandez and that is that in the 13 Championship fixtures he has missed this season and last due to injury, Leeds have won just four games.

Leeds have a 30 per cent win ratio in the Championship when they are without Hernandez.

When Hernandez plays, their win percentage is 62.

Leeds are a completely different beast when they have the Spanish playmaker on the pitch compared to when they are without him.

Although he’s only out for a month, it is a blow that threatens the Whites’ push for automatic promotion now that the gap between themselves in second and third-placed Sheffield Wednesday is eight points.

Let’s hope that Bielsa has found a way to prevent his side’s form from dropping while Hernandez is on the mend.

In other Leeds United news, a defender has been ruled out of the clash with Preston due to sickness.