Leeds senior player to boost Monk with appearance for youth team - report
By Harvey Byrne
Gaetano Berardi is poised to make another appearance for the Leeds Under-23 side as he sets his sights on a first-team return after the international break, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has claimed that the Switzerland international is in line to feature for the club’s development side when they take on Bolton on Wednesday evening.
Berardi, 28, hasn’t made an appearance for the Yorkshire giants’ senior team since suffering a hamstring injury during the season opener against QPR.
However, he has already played some football for the young side since his injury, where he completed a 45-minute comeback in a clash against Bristol City nine days a go.
Berardi started the campaign as Garry Monk’s first choice right-back, but following the injury the former Swansea boss brought in Luke Ayling from Bristol City with 20-year-old Lewis Coyle the only other recognised right-back at the club.
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Berardi, who completed a move from Sampdoria in 2014 does have a history of injuries after he was sidelined by ankle ligament damage twice last season and was forced to miss parts of pre-season with a thigh strain.
The Yorkshire giants will take on struggling Derby in 10 days and the Swiss full-back will be hoping to make his first team return against the Rams.