By Harvey Byrne
Garry Monk has revealed that Gaetano Berrardi could be sidelined until October.
The right-back, 22, was substituted after just 22 minutes of the Championship defeat to QPR and was replaced by Lewie Coyle after picking up a hamstring injury in the season opener.
Speaking on Monday in a press conference before Leeds’ league fixture against Fulham on Tuesday evening, Monk revealed that the full-back will be out for up to six weeks.
“I think we’re looking at around four to six weeks for his return,” said Monk, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
Berardi was Leeds’ first choice right-back for the majority of last season for the Yorkshire giants, but he also sustained two injuries that kept him out for substantial parts of the campaign.
The one-time capped Switzerland international was restricted to just 29 appearances in all competitions for the Whites.
The Yorkshire club signed right-back Luke Ayling from Bristol City last week and he made his debut in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Birmingham.
Leeds have suffered back-to-back losses in their opening two league fixtures of the new Championship season.
They will be looking to improve against Fulham on Tuesday evening, but the Cottagers have picked up two wins from their opening two matches, which includes a 2-1 victory over Preston on Saturday.
In other Leeds team news, Clayton Donaldson has claimed Garry Monk must be given time by the Whites.