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27th Jun, 2016 | 2:03pm

Confirmed: Leeds player of the year nominee gives club huge boost

By Harvey Byrne

Experienced Leeds right-back Gaetano Berardi has returned to training following his injury at the end of the 2015-16 season.

The Whites announced on their official Twitter page on Monday afternoon that the 27-year-old right-back was back in training.

The defender was stretchered off in the second half of Leeds’ 2-2 draw at Hull on 23 April after a foul by Jake Livermore and missed the Yorkshire giants’ final two games of the recently completed season.

Berardi had an injury disrupted  season as he had missed 11 league games between December and February because of a similar ankle problem to the one he suffered against Hull.

However, the Switzerland international did feature in 29 of Leeds encounters in all competitions during the 2015-16 season and put in a number of high quality performances during that time.

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Berardi was nominated for the Leeds player of the year award, alongside Charlie Taylor, Liam Bridcutt, Mirco Antenucci and Lewis Cook. It was eventually won by Taylor.

The Swiss defender signed for Leeds from Sampdoria in the summer of 2014 for £75,000 and has made 47 appearances for the club since joining.

In other Leeds news, manager Garry Monk is eyeing a move to sign Swansea centre-back Kyle Bartley.