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Early Leeds United team news emerges ahead of Preston clash

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Leeds United are set to be unchanged for their game against Preston North End on Tuesday at Deepdale. 

The Whites come into the game after a much-needed win at the weekend, as they beat Birmingham City at Elland Road to move up to second in the Championship table.

Marcelo Bielsa has revealed in a pre-match press conference (Leeds Live, 12:32pm) ahead of their game against Preston that his side will be unchanged from the win over the Blues.

The Leeds boss also provided an important update on the fitness of Pablo Hernandez, who was absent in their win over Birmingham City at Elland Road.

Hernandez came through 30 minutes of action for Leeds’ under 23’s side on Friday, but it certainly came as a surprise to see the Spaniard not named in the matchday squad on Saturday.

The experienced midfielder has made eight appearances so far in this year’s league campaign, and already has two goals and two assists to his name. 

How big of a blow is Hernandez's absence for Leeds?

It's a huge blow

It's a huge blow

They'll cope without him

They'll cope without him

He’ll be keen to get back into action at the earliest of opportunities, as he was key to their promotion bid last season, which ultimately feel short after a defeat to Derby County in their play-off semi-final.

Hernandez scored 12 goals and was on hand to provide 12 assists for the Whites in that season, so it’s clear to see that Leeds could benefit from having a player of his creative ability going forward this term.

A win could see Leeds move back to the top of the Championship table if results go their way on Tuesday evening.

The Verdict: 

This will be a frustrating update for the Elland Road faithful.

Hernandez has been their main creative outlet in recent seasons, and there’s no doubting that Leeds are a better team when he’s at his best and involved regularly.

It’s going to be a tough test for Marcelo Bielsa’s side on Tuesday, as Preston have really impressed me at Deepdale this season, and they’ll cause the Whites issues throughout the night.

Leeds need to be getting something from these types of games though, especially if they’re serious about winning promotion to the Premier League.

Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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