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Confirmed: Leeds first-teamer returns on Monday night

By Will Butcher

Leeds manager Garry Monk has revealed that Gaetano Berardi has belatedly returned to training after a hamstring problem.

The Switzerland international has been sidelined since the opening day of the season after being substituted in the 22nd minute of Leeds 3-0 loss to QPR.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s EFL Cup third-round tie against Owen Coyle’s Blackburn, Monk was quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account as saying that Berardi was back in training on Monday.

Berardi revealed earlier this month that he was expecting to be available in 10 days, and could play some part against struggling Blackburn on Tuesday night as Monk’s men look to book their place in the fourth round.

Leeds are set to welcome Coyle’s side to Elland Road for a second time in a week, after the Yorkshire giants secured a 2-1 win against Blackburn in the Championship last Tuesday.

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Blackburn will be in better spirits than a week ago, after a 4-2 win against Rotherham secured their first league win of the season whereas Leeds will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce.

A win could see Leeds face the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea or Leicester in the fourth round.

In other Leeds news, the Yorkshire giants have pleaded guilty to a bung in the sale of Ross McCormack.