By Dominic Toner

Gaetano Berardi has revealed that he came through Leeds’ Under-23 match unscathed on Monday night.

The defender played 45 minutes for the club’s Under-23 side against Bristol City as he returns to fitness.

Leeds drew the match 1-1, with an equalising goal conceded when Berardi was off the pitch.

The 28-year-old has been recovering from the hamstring injury he picked up in the opening day 3-0 defeat to QPR in the Championship.

Berardi said after his Under-23s appearance that he came through the match with no problems, as quoted by the club’s official website.

The Whites have used defender Luke Ayling in the first-team this season in the absence of Berardi.

The right-back moved to Elland Road in the summer from Bristol City and will be difficult to dislodge from the starting line up.

Berardi is considered an important member of the Leeds side and has made 54 appearances since his arrival in 2014.

He is well liked amongst the Leeds supporters and provides a real competitive edge in defence.

The right-back has made 204 appearances domestically in England and Italy but is still without a senior goal.

In other Leeds team news, Bristol City will have their star player available for the Championship clash on Tuesday.