By Danny Wright
Leeds United have been handed a double injury boost ahead of Saturday’s clash with Burton after Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington return to training, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account that both defenders took part in training at Thorp Arch on Monday having missed a months’ worth of action.
Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington back in training/light training after injury. Players resumed work at TA today after a short break.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 4, 2017
Both Berardi, 29, and Pennington, 22, were struck down with injury in the first match of the Championship season against Bolton, which Leeds won 3-2.
The Italian full-back suffered a dislocated shoulder while Everton loanee Pennington suffered a nasty ankle injury which saw Thomas Christiansen sweat over the make-up of his backline.
It is unclear if either defenders will be able to return to action for the match against Burton, but taking part in training is no doubt a major boost for the Whites, who will need as many of their key players as possible fit if they want to continue their fine start to the campaign.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Christiansen expects Berardi to make his way back to the pitch early this month while Pennington’s recuperation could take longer after he returned to light training.
Leeds are currently third in the Championship and have not conceded a goal since the opening day win over Bolton.
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