Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Robinson sends warning to Sheffield Wednesday ahead of return for key Whites man
Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes the likely return of Spanish talisman Pablo Hernandez will give Leeds United the ‘huge boost’ they need to see off Sheffield Wednesday when the two teams meet at Elland Road on Saturday.
The ageing playmaker is a key man for the table-toppers and has missed their last four matches with a hamstring injury picked up in their pre-Christmas defeat at Fulham.
He also missed Leeds’ 0-0 draw at Hillsborough back in October on a day neither side were able to create enough chances to win the match.
The Whites are on a run of one win in five matches and Robinson, who played 95 matches for Leeds at the start of a career that saw him collect 41 England caps, believes it is the return of the former Valencia man that can recapture their form.
The 40-year-old said: “It will be a huge boost for Leeds to have Hernandez back, although I don’t think they’ve struggled too much without him – they scored five at Birmingham.
“Saying that though, Hernandez is a huge player for Leeds, he’s very important to what they do and he seems to be an automatic pick for the manager.”
Wednesday remain locked in a nervous wait over the fitness of top scorer and key man Steven Fletcher, who was stretchered off in the Owls’ surprise 1-0 FA Cup victory at Brighton.
It’s unknown whether full-back Liam Palmer will be give the nod following his ankle injury.
Fernando Forestieri is expected to be out for more weeks than initially expected with a knee injury and there is no imminent sign of a return for goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.
And with this the case, Robinson believes the return of Hernandez can give his former club the upper hand in what will be a mammoth clash.
He said: “To have a player like Hernandez coming back when other teams are losing players through injuries and suspensions, it’s always a huge boost.
“He’s a massive player and this is such an important time of the season for Leeds.”