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Paul Robinson has said that Marcelo Bielsa was obviously very unhappy with Pablo Hernandez after dropping him from the squad entirely for the game against Crystal Palace.
Hernandez was left out of the squad despite being fit and it’s thought that it was because of his reaction to getting subbed off against Leicester.
Bielsa hasn’t explicitly said as much but did say Hernandez wasn’t dropped for fitness reasons.
Hernandez apologised for his reaction – that included ripping off his black armband – after being taken off in the second half of the game.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “His reaction was understandable as he was frustrated but he went too far with the armband.
“Bielsa was obviously not happy at all with him and the apology after he was dropped tells you a lot. It was clearly the reason why he was dropped.
“I don’t think Bielsa would have seen it [the reaction] at the time as Hernandez was on the other side when he came off but it’s obviously something he’s been made aware of afterwards.
“Not being in the squad tells you a hell of a lot about what Bielsa made of it.
“Hopefully that’s the end of it. He’s apologised publicly and I think that will probably be the end of it.
“I hope it is. Leeds can’t afford to have any ill-will or falling out with the current state of their squad and injuries.
“Hernandez is a player Leeds need and they need to put it to bed straight away.”
The team spirit at Leeds is such that Bielsa hasn’t had to take many disciplinary actions against his own players.
Pontus Jansson is the only high-profile example, with the former Leeds centre-back being sold after a number of disagreements with the manager.
It does seem that when there’s an issue, Bielsa acts decisively. Hopefully, the public apology is the end of the matter this time.
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