By Will Butcher
Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi has revealed that he is in line for a first-team return – to end a near-year long struggle with injury.
The Switzerland international has been sidelined since picking up a hamstring injury in the first 20 minutes of the Championship giants’ opening game against QPR.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds at the opening of the Yorkshire-based outfit’s new club shop, Berardi revealed that he will be fit to return in just 10 days.
“I’m very good, the last two weeks were very bad for me,” the right-back told BBC Radio Leeds. “I hope in the next few weeks or 10 days that I will be ready.
“It was very difficult for me to be injured so quickly, the last 10 months have been very bad for me, but the players and physios helped me and now I can say that I’m ready to start again.”
This will come as a boost to manager Garry Monk, as the former Sampdoria full back was originally set to be sidelined until October.
Berardi was Leeds’ first choice right-back for the majority of last season, but he also sustained two injuries that limited him to just 29 appearances during the campaign and and kept him out for large parts of the season as well as pre-season.
It remains unclear to whether Berardi will be installed as Leeds first-choice right-back when he returns to full fitness, following the signing of Luke Ayling from Bristol City. The former Arsenal youth player has shown an array of impressive performances since signing on at Elland Road.
Leeds host Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield on Saturday as they look to earn their second three points of the season.