By Mark Smith

18th Nov, 2019 | 11:38am

Live from Thorp Arch: Promising news for Saturday as first-team star starts for Leeds Under-23s

By Mark Smith at Thorp Arch

Leeds have really missed Pablo Hernandez. Injured in the 1-1 draw with Derby in September, his road back to full fitness has been a tough one. 

He’s come off the bench late on in the last two games against QPR and Blackburn, but he could be homing in on his first start for two months against Luton on Saturday.

We’re at Thorp Arch this afternoon to watch the Under-23s and we’ve been rewarded for our dedication with the chance to check Hernandez out from the start in the game against Barnsley.

He’s not the only first-team player in the starting XI either. Barry Douglas is set to play at left-back, while Ryan Edmondson leads the line.

It’s great to see Bryce Hosannah back after injury and Pascal Struijk is playing, which is good news after the centre-back was taken off with an injury in the last Under-23s game. That was a disaster – a 7-1 spanking by Derby. We’re hoping that with a strong XI today and Hernandez pulling the strings in midfield, the Under-23s will bounce back with a win today.

They need it. Carlos Corberan’s side is currently struggling in eighth, after winning the title last season, and they’re sitting nine points behind Nottingham Forest at the top, although they’ve played one more game.

Today’s game could have major implications for Saturday’s Championship game against Luton, too.

We’re going to spend the game praying that Hernandez gets through the match okay and doesn’t suffer another injury.

A solid 45 minutes action could see him in the reckoning for a start away at Luton on Saturday.

You can watch the Under-23s game live on the official Facebook and Twitter channels – kick-off is midday.

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