Danny Mills has been left bouncing after Marcelo Bielsa delivered a huge update on the fitness of Leeds United stalwart Gaetano Berardi.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Whites and England full-back delivered his verdict after Bielsa confirmed last week the 32-year-old could return to action in February.
The defender has not played for Leeds since suffering an ACL injury against Derby County in the penultimate game of last season when they secured promotion to the Premier League.
The Swiss’ contract was up at the end of last season but Leeds offered him a new one-year deal to cover his period on the sidelines.
The Yorkshire giants are in the middle of an injury crisis in defence with summer signing Robin Koch facing up to three months out.
Meanwhile, Diego Llorente could be missing for another two weeks after he suffered an injury on his long-awaited Leeds debut against Chelsea earlier this month.
Asked by Football Insider whether it was a “big boost” for Leeds to have a return date for Berardi, Mills said: “Oh absolutely, it’s always nice to see a player come back from injury.
“When a player has been integral to the football club, when he’s been there a while and he’s been through highs and been through lows and gets a real bad injury then you want them to come back.
“That’s just being a decent person and that’s what it comes down to, that’s what you want.
“Whether he comes back and goes into the team or anything else who knows?
“But let him be fit and given him that opportunity.”
Berardi has played 155 times for Leeds after joining the club from Sampdoria in 2014 and is one of the longest-serving members of the squad.