Pablo Hernandez returns to boost Leeds United for EFL Cup clash with Norwich City

Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez (right), pictured tackling Fulham's Sone Aluko, is set to shake off a

Leeds United's Pablo Hernandez (right), pictured tackling Fulham's Sone Aluko, is set to shake off a dead leg to face Norwich in the EFL Cup tonight. Picture: Nigel French/PA - Credit: PA

Leeds manager Garry Monk left his final preparations for this evening's match until last night, holding a late training session at their Thorpe Arch training ground.

Former Valencia midfielder Pablo Hernandez was part of the group which trained after shaking off the dead leg which caused him to miss the 1-0 win at Wolves on Saturday.

Northern Ireland international midfielder Stuart Dallas will not feature against Norwich in the EFL Cup though, as he is still struggling with a thigh strain.

'Pablo has a good chance – he'll be out there training tonight but with Stuey we are hoping for the weekend,' Monk said last night.

'Of course I think both teams will make changes. We will have a good training session, I will have a look at them and make a decision on the team.

'Whatever team is picked will go out there fully understanding what is expected of them.'

The only other major absence for Monk, pictured inset, is captain Liam Bridcutt who fractured his foot in a 2-1 home win over Blackburn in the Championship in mid-September.

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Despite Norwich having injury worries of their own, with former Leeds captain Jonny Howson missing the game, Monk sees the visitors as favourites for the fourth round tie.

'They've got the squad whatever they do to be really strong,' he added, speaking to the Yorkshire Post. 'They've got plenty of players to choose from and they're the favourites for those reasons.'

Leeds have a similar record in the League Cup to Norwich in recent years, reaching the quarter-finals just once in the last 19 seasons, and Monk wants his players to treat the competition seriously.

'We're five games unbeaten at home and we want to keep that going,' the Leeds boss continued. 'Even though it's a cup game we need to have the same mentality.

'It's a chance to progress and we've already done well in the cup. Keeping momentum and keeping winning – it's all you want to do.'

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