Pablo Hernandez was left out of the Leeds United squad for the game against Crystal Palace on Monday night.
After the game, manager Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that he had suffered another injury that he picked up in training.
It’s the latest bump in a real stop-start season for Hernandez who has only made two starts for his club in the Premier League.
For a player who fans hailed as the single biggest contributor to the promotion run-in, this would have been almost unthinkable in the summer.
However, many fans are now getting the feeling that his time at the club is coming to an end.
Hernandez was linked with a move to Spanish club Castellon in January and they’re going to try again in the summer when the attacker moves into the final 12 months of his Leeds contract.
Hernandez was born there, co-owns the club, and still has friends and family there.
It seems like the obvious move and while Leeds fans would have hoped it happened at the end of the 21/22 season when his contract runs out, we think it could well be brought forward a year.
Rodrigo – also out injured at the moment – has been playing in one of Pablo’s positions this season and Raphinha the other.
Both are ahead of Hernandez in the pecking order, as is Tyler Roberts and Ian Poveda currently. Joe Gelhardt was on the bench yesterday and he’s likely to be ahead of Hernandez next season.
There’s no room for sympathy in any club, especially one going places like Leeds, but if Hernandez does leave without a send-off from fans it will be a tragedy.
These fans think that a summer exit could well be on the cards…
Pablo had niggles all season,think he's deffo coming to the end for us 😔
— Russ💙💛🏆 (@russcausier) February 8, 2021
Don’t like the vibes with the whole Hernandez situation. I hope we get the chance to give him the send off he deserves 😔 #LUFC
— Lee (@LufcLee19) February 8, 2021
— Paul Neesam LUFC 🏆 💙💛 (@PNeesam) February 8, 2021
Doubt we will see much of Hernandez now, he’s been a great servant to the club but clearly doesn’t have the legs for it anymore #LUFC
— Christian Wickham (@ChristianWickh7) February 8, 2021
He’s done now.
— tom (@tom28542744) February 8, 2021
And it comes for Pablo hernandez and…………… 👀👀👀👀👀 #lufc. Still makes be cry
— Phil (@leedsunited86) February 9, 2021
What a rotten run of luck he’s having
— Chris L (@LUFCTX) February 8, 2021
Will be heartbreaking if Pablo Hernandez leaves this club and it's not in front of 40,000 fans that appreciate everything he did for us. That Swansea goal might be one of the best moments of my life. Love you El Mago 💙 #LUFC
— Jack Pearson (@JackTPearson) February 8, 2021
That's Pablo finished at #LUFC isn't it? 😥🧙🏻♂️
— Mikey (@MikeyLUFC1989) February 8, 2021
We’ve been waiting to find our replacement for Pablo….I think we’ve found him Raphinha is different class 😍😍 #lufc
— Aaron S (@aarons1308) February 8, 2021
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