By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

11th Jan, 2020 | 12:15pm

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Paul Robinson has said that the return of Pablo Hernandez is a “huge” boost for Leeds as they prepare to play Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. 

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that the creative talisman would be available for the Championship game at Elland Road on Saturday, although he didn’t say if he would start or not.

Hernandez has missed the last three games for Leeds and that’s the second time he’s been injured already this season.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “It’s a huge boost for Leeds getting Pablo back, especially at a time when rivals are losing players to suspensions and injuries.

“I don’t think they should start him against Sheffield Wednesday, but he should be on the bench and come on in the game.

“Leeds need to be careful, though and bring him back in slowly. He’s a key player for Leeds. When he’s 100% fit he obviously goes straight back into the starting XI.”

Young French keeper Illan Meslier made his debut for Leeds in the FA Cup against Arsenal and put in a brilliant display.

However, Robinson wants to see Kiko Casilla back in the sticks at Elland Road this afternoon, saying, “Casilla should go back in, 100%. There’s no reason to play Meslier against Sheffield Wednesday.

“Casilla has been very good this season and he doesn’t deserve to lose his place. Meslier is the number two keeper.”

Leeds will kick off the game on top of the Championship, on goal difference from West Brom.

More importantly, there’s a nine-point buffer back to Brentford in third, although that could have been reduced by 3pm.

Brentford play QPR in the early kick-off at 12.30pm on Saturday.

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