Gaetano Berardi’s return from injury in the new year is “huge” for Leeds United, according to Kevin Campbell.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Arsenal and Everton striker claimed it was “very difficult” for the club to learn of the 32-year-old’s injury at the back end of last season.
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed last week that the versatile defender is set to return to first team action in February.
Berardi has not played since the penultimate game of the 2019/20 campaign when he suffered an ACL injury as Leeds secured promotion to the Premier League with victory over Derby County.
The Switzerland international’s contract was due to expire shortly after but the club offered him a new one-year deal as he began his long road to recovery.
When asked by Football Insider for his reaction to Berardi’s scheduled return date, Campbell said:
“It was a very difficult injury for the club to take but they have battled on and done pretty well.
“To get a player like Berardi back will be really important. I am sure they cannot wait for him to be back on the pitch because he is a huge part of the club.”
The cult hero is currently the longest serving first-team player at Elland Road having joined from Italian outfit Sampdoria back in July 2014.
He has made 115 appearances for the Whites, scoring twice and providing seven assists.