It is no secret that Leeds United have had their injury concerns over the course of the season, especially within the defensive ranks.
Gaetano Berardi is one of those who have had to spend a significant time on the sidelines throughout the campaign as Marcelo Bielsa’s side set up their efforts to win promotion from the Championship.
The Swiss defender, who has appeared for his country once, has been out with a torn hamstring since October and has not been able to feature for The Whites since.
According to a report by The Yorkshire Evening Post, Berardi is on the verge of coming back, although the game against Middlesbrough has come too quickly for the former Sampdoria man.
But the report has also stated that the 30-year-old managed to avoid potentially ‘season-ending’ surgery for the problem.
Rob Price, who is the head of the club’s medical team, revealed that the injury is ‘really difficult’ and were told by surgeons that he could take between ‘six to nine months’ to make a return.
“His is a really difficult injury,” he said to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“You go to some surgeons and they’d say ‘that’s six to nine months’.
“We’re trying to get him back quicker from that but there’s always going to be a much higher risk of injury, perhaps for the next three months, than there would be for someone else coming back.”
Despite Leeds’ current position in the Championship, Berardi’s absence has been a blow to Bielsa’s side.
It will be pleasing for fans to hear that he managed to avoid a potentially ‘season-ending’ injury and could be available for the business end of the campaign.
However, following their defeat to Norwich City at the weekend, many would have been hoping that Berardi could have made his return to the team against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
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