By Will Butcher
Swiss defender Gaetano Berardi resumed training on Wednesday for the first time after picking up a leg injury.
The Leeds right-back has been sidelined with strained ankle ligaments and hasn’t featured in any pre-season matches so far, leading to manager Garry Monk looking for possible replacements.
However, Leeds’ official Twitter account posted this photo earlier which confirmed Berardi has recovered from his injury and is set to be ready for the start of The Whites’ season.
Monk’s side travel to London to face QPR at Loftus Road on 7 August, and the former Swansea manager was unsure if he was going to have the 27-year-old and first-choice centre-back Liam Cooper available to him.
Berardi was Leeds’ first choice right-back for the majority of the Yorkshire giants last season, but sustained two injuries that kept him out for substantial parts of the campaign.
This latest injury had given fuel to rumours that Monk could be in the market for a right-back, with Euro 2016 defenders Conor McLaughlin and Heidar Hauksson, and former Manchester City wing-back Reece Wabara all linked.
With Berardi now returning to full fitness and Lewie Coyle also available, Monk could look to use his transfer budget on other areas of the squad.
Despite not making a move for these right-backs, Monk has brought in six new players this season. The latest signing was League Two Player of the Year Kemar Roofe, who signed for £3million from Oxford United.