The Uruguayan international went down innocuously inside the opposition penalty box in the latter stages of the Sky Bet Championship clash at the KCOM Stadium and, as a result, was forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher.
The extent of Hernández’s injury was confirmed following a meeting with the consultant late last night and – after undergoing surgery – it is expected that the striker will be out of action for six months.
Reflecting on the loss of Hernández, Head Coach Leonid Slutsky told Tigers TV: “We have lost Abel for six months, which is very, very disappointing.
“For me, Abel is one of the best forwards in the Championship and is a huge player for us.
“It is also a big blow for Abel himself because he had made a very good start to the season and was playing very well for the team.
“We wish him all the very best in his recovery and look forward to seeing him back out on the pitch as soon as possible.”