Garry Monk explains reason why new signing Pablo Hernandez missed out against QPR

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Leeds were hammered 3-0 by Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United manager Garry Monk has told LUTV that Pablo Hernandez didn't have international clearance to play against Queens Park Rangers today.

Monk took charge of Leeds for the first time in a league encounter this afternoon, but was on the receiving end of a 3-0 thumping away at QPR.

Swansea's Pablo HernandezNew Leeds signing Pablo Hernandez

Nedum Onuoha put the R's in front after just four minutes, and Tjaronn Chery added a second from the penalty spot after Ronaldo Vieira had fouled Jordan Cousins inside the penalty area.

Sebastian Polter wrapped up the win with a third in added time, and Leeds were sent back to Yorkshire with no points having failed to muster even one shot on target at Loftus Road.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds struggled in the final third, and fans will have wanted to see new signing Pablo Hernandez in action, given that he's a talented, skillful playmaker who had played and worked with Monk at Swansea City.

However, the former Spain international was absent at Loftus Road - and manager Monk explained to LUTV why he wasn't able to select Hernandez in his squad.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Monk confirmed that the 31-year-old's parent club Al-Arabi didn't push through the international clearance for Hernandez to play, with the Leeds boss admitting that he was left frustrated by the situation.

He did however confirm that clearance should arrive on Monday, meaning Hernandez will be able to start his Leeds career - and hopefully provide a creative spark in the final third.

"It's nothing from our end, it's from the Qatar club - they didn't push through the clearance in time, which is frustrating for us and for the player," said Monk. "It's out of our hands in those situations, but we're told that it will definitely be cleared by Monday," he added.

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