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Paul Robinson has said that a fit Pablo Hernandez should “at least” make the Leeds bench and that fans have to trust there’s nothing going on behind the scenes with the player.

Hernandez hasn’t played since being left out of the squad for a petulant reaction to being subbed against Leicester.

He was ruled out of the game against Chelsea last Saturday with an injury picked up in the international break but on Sunday morning his partner tweeted a cryptic “Superhealthy” post that contained a football emoji.

In his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Bielsa delivered a major update saying that Hernandez was “healthy and available”. However, he also said that he didn’t “have the rhythm we would like”.

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Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I don’t know about Pablo.

“We all know about what happened when he got taken off against Leicester, but I just don’t know if there’s anything underlying or if he’s injured.

“The line from the club is that he was injured. A fit Pablo Hernandez can still make an impact at Leeds.

“We have to trust the line that he was injured but a fit Pablo Hernandez will at least make the bench for Leeds.

“I don’t think he’s being left out on talent. He’s still key to the squad and he can still have an impact in this Leeds side whether it’s from the start or from the bench.”

Bielsa named his starting XI for the game against West Ham on Friday and there’s still no place in the side for Hernandez.

If he’s not on the bench for Friday’s game then there will be more questions about the future of the player at the club.

We desperately hope he is back in the squad of 18 and that we can finally put this episode to bed.

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