Leeds face anxious wait amid fears key player could miss remainder of the season
By Coral Barry
Leeds face an anxious wait to discover if right-back Gaetano Berardi will play again this season after he suffered a serious looking ankle injury on Saturday.
Steve Evans has revealed Berardi will need a scan on his ankle before the medical staff can determine the full extent of the damage.
The full-back looked in immense pain when he went down under the challenge of Jake Livermore with twenty minutes left in the 2-2 draw with Hull before he was eventually stretched off.
Berardi, 27, has already had his season disrupted by injury missing 11 league games between December and February because of an ankle problem and Evans has confirmed it looks like it is a similar injury to the one he previously suffered.
Speaking afterwards, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account, Evans said: “It’s the same ankle as before but we’re hopeful. He’s with the medical team now and will go for an X-ray.”
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Evans on Berardi's injury: "It's the same ankle as before but we're hopeful. He's with the medical team now and will go for an X-Ray." #lufc
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 23, 2016
With just two more Championships games left to play this season, it is unlikely Berardi will feature again for Leeds this season.
Leeds will not know the seriousness of Berardi’s injury until after the scan, but Leeds journalist Adam Pope has revealed from the post-match press conference that the swelling on the Swiss’ ankle was cause for concern.
No diagnosis yet on Berardi injury but swelling is severe. #LUFC
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) April 23, 2016
Leeds have now taken 10 points from their last four matches, with wins over Wolves, Reading and Birmingham followed by a draw at Hull to lift them to 58 points and 11th position in the Championship table.
In other Leeds news, Noel Whelan has given his instant reaction to the Whites comeback against Hull.