By Alex Stevens
Gaetano Berardi will miss the last two games of the season with minor ankle ligament damage, according to a report.
The 27-year-old defender was was stretchered off in the second half of Leeds’ 2-2 draw at Hull last Saturday after a foul by Jake Livermore.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Berardi is facing a four-week recovery period, ruling him out of Saturday’s game against Charlton and next weekend’s visit to Preston North End.
A series of X-rays and scans are said to have revealed no serious problems and Leeds’ medical team expect Berardi to recover before the end of next month and he will be fully fit by the time of pre-season training.
Berardi, 27, has already had his season disrupted by injury missing 11 league games between December and February because of an ankle problem and manager Steve Evans confirmed after the Hull match it looked like a similar injury to the one he previously suffered.
Speaking afterwards, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account, Evans said: “It’s the same ankle as before but we’re hopeful. He’s with the medical team now and will go for an X-ray.”
Leeds have taken 10 points from their last four matches, with wins over Wolves, Reading and Birmingham followed by a draw at Hull to lift them to 58 points and 12th position in the Championship table.