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Leeds fans slate Ayling as Berardi looks set to return

Leeds fans slate Ayling as Berardi looks set to return

After the international break, Leeds will be travelling to Ewood Park to face Blackburn in the Championship and it’s a game that they’ll be going into without their mainstay right-back, Luke Ayling. The full-back was sent off against Brentford and will miss one game, although a lot of Leeds fans would have been calling for Gaetano Berardo to replace Ayling anyway.

In the Yorkshire Evening Post, Phil Hay writes about how Berardi could be set to play his way back into contention is he performs well this Friday in an U23 game. The Swiss defender has been out of the squad with a knee injury for the last month but Marcelo Bielsa could be set to look towards the experienced right-back when his side travels to Blackburn, although he could equally opt to play young Jamie Shackleton at right-back if needed.

The fact that Ayling is suspended for the Blackburn clash means that he will have to miss the game, however, a lot of Leeds fans would have made the call to drop their Championship ever-present for the clash even if hadn’t been given his marching orders against Brentford as the 27-year-old’s performances have been lacking in the last couple of weeks. When he returns there’s no doubt Bielsa will reinstate him at right-back, but the Ewood Park clash provides Berardi with a welcome chance to make himself a nailed on starter.

You can read The Whites’ verdict on Berardi here:

As you can see, the Leeds fans are looking forward to seeing Ayling have a break whilst Berardi should get a chance to show what he can do in the first-team.

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