Pablo Hernandez on Leeds United bench as Nathan Jones makes FIVE changes to Luton Town side

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PABLO HERNANDEZ again sits on the bench as Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa again names an unchanged side for tonight's Championship hosting of Luton Town.

Hernandez is managing a hamstring issue and returned to the Whites match-day squad as a substitute for Saturday's hosting of Fulham.

The Spaniard was then brought on at the half-time break and excelled, notably with a sublime raking pass to set up Jack Harrison's strike in the 3-0 victory.

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Three days later, Hernandez again features among the Whites substitutes meaning Tyler Roberts will again start in the no 10 role with Patrick Bamford upfront.

ON THE BENCH: Pablo Hernandez. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.ON THE BENCH: Pablo Hernandez. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
ON THE BENCH: Pablo Hernandez. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Adam Forshaw remains out as the midfielder continues to recover from surgery to correct a hip problem while Bielsa has made one change to his bench with Robbie Gotts replacing Jordan Stevens.

United know that victory will take them six points clear at the top of the division with second-placed West Brom away at Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow evening.

Luton boss Nathan Jones initially made four changes to his side with top scorer James Collins only on the bench and replaced by Danny Hylton who makes his first league start since March 2019 - the month in which he became injured.

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James Bree, Callum McManaman and Ryan Tunnicliffe also come into the side for Elliot Lee, Harry Cornick and Jacob Butterfield with the latter set to be missing.

The Hatters boss was then forced to make a late fifth change with Glen Rae ruled out and replaced by Martin Crainie.

Former Whites loanee Izzy Brown also only makes the bench.

Luton sit second bottom but only three points off safety having lost just one of their last eight games, winning four of them.

Leeds United: Meslier, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Harrison, Costa, Roberts, Bamford. Subs: Miazek, Douglas, Alioski, Berardi, Shackleton, Gotts, Poveda, Hernandez, Struijk.

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Luton Town: Sluga, Pearson, Bradley, Carter-Vickers, Potts, Bree, Mpanzu, Crainie, Tunnicliffe, McManaman, Hylton. Subs: Shea, Butterfield, Lee, Shinnie, Cornick, Collins, Moncur, Bolton, Brown.

Substitutes: Shea, Cranie, Lee, Shinnie, Cornick, Collins, Moncur, Bolton, Brown.

Referee: John Brooks.

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