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Positive Berardi injury reveal should help Leeds avoid promotion bottle

Positive Berardi injury reveal should help Leeds avoid promotion bottle

Leeds United will be looking to bounce back from their 3-1 Championship defeat at home to Norwich City over the weekend when they take on Middlesbrough this Saturday.

And while the trip to the Riverside may come too soon for Gaetano Berardi, the central defender is inching closer to making a first-team return following the hamstring injury he picked up last October in a development that will delight manager Marcelo Bielsa.

The Breakdown

Speaking on Berardi’s recovery, Rob Price, who leads Leeds’ medical team, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “He’s getting there. He tore his hamstring completely off the bone when he injured himself against Ipswich so for that hamstring to reattach is a really major thing.

“It changes how your hamstring works and you don’t find out until they expose themselves to 100 per cent of activity how they’ll respond.

“Berardi playing 45 minutes for the Under-23s just tightened the rest of the hamstring. The injury he had is still intact and fine, we had scans on that, and it meant we could do different work with him in the gym to load another area where he was tight.”

In his absence, Leeds have certainly coped, only just relinquishing their spot at the top of the Championship table to Daniel Farke’s men following that 3-1 defeat.

But when fit, the versatile Berardi was such an asset to Bielsa and could still end up playing a huge part in Leeds’ season as they look to secure Premier League promotion once he is ready for selection again.

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