Leeds United fans were delighted what they saw from Pablo Hernandez as the veteran midfielder play for the Under-23s side on Sunday.

Hernandez, 35, played the opening 45 minutes of Leeds’ 2-2 draw against Aston Villa in Premier League 2 as he got his boots muddy for the first time since the defeat to Leicester at the start of November.

Marcelo Bielsa substituted Hernandez off in that game and the experienced Spaniard reacted petulantly by throwing his black armband to the ground and kicking a water bottle.

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He then missed the Crystal Palace game a week later before posting an apology on Twitter but the midfielder then spent a month on the sidelines with an injury.

Hernandez was back on the bench on Friday in the 2-1 defeat against West Ham but wasn’t used by Bielsa and had to wait until the Under-23s game on Sunday to get back on the pitch.

Based on the reaction of these supporters, Hernandez did brilliantly playing for the Under-23s against Villa.

Here is a selection of their tweets:

Leeds have lost their last two Premier League matches and won just once in their last six outings.

Hernandez is usually someone who Leeds rely upon a lot but the Spaniard has started just twice in the Premier League this season and the only win he was involved in was when he came off the bench late on against Aston Villa.

It is hard to see him breaking back into the side despite the club’s poor form.

Rodrigo has done well in the midfield and Raphinha and Helder Costa are vying for spots on the right-wing.

Hernandez will have to bide his time but we’re sure we’ll see more of him again in the near future.

In other Leeds United news, Graeme Souness has made an outrageous claim about this Whites ace.


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