Garry Monk suggested that Leeds will be without the playmaker for the next few weeks.
Garry Monk has confirmed that Leeds United could be without Pablo Hernandez for the next three weeks due to a hamstring strain (via Yorkshire Evening Post), and while it is almost impossible to pick out an easy run of fixtures in the Championship, it could be argued that the injury could not have come at a worse time for the Whites.
Hernandez has already missed the club's game with league leaders Newcastle, and his absence was notable as Monk's men suffered a 2-0 loss at home and lacked the kind of creativity that the Spaniard provides.
While Leeds' form this term suggests that they should have enough quality to get the better of Rotherham this weekend, they face a daunting run of fixtures after their clash with the Millers that could go a long way to proving if they are genuine play-off contenders.
After facing Liverpool in the EFL Cup, they host Aston Villa and Reading, and face a trip to Brighton in between, during the three weeks that the 31-year-old may well miss.
Leeds manager Garry Monk
That is certainly the kind of run where Monk will need his strongest players to find their best form if they hope to head into the Christmas period in touch with the top six.
Villa are unbeaten since Steve Bruce's appointment while the other two teams join Newcastle in the division's current top three.
Hernandez is one of the players in the Leeds squad that has the ability to create moments of brilliance out of nothing, so not having him available will undoubtedly make life much more difficult for the next few weeks.
Nottingham Forests' Henri Lansbury in action with Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez