Gaetano Berardi has returned to training today ahead of a return to action in the near future. The Swiss full-back dislocated his shoulder in the opening game of the season at Bolton and has had a speedy recovery since the incident.
Berardi suffered the injury in a non-incident really and after his shoulder was popped back into place on the pitch it was a case of wait and see. After a few weeks we were told it was looking good and true to that Berardi has returned during the international break and could feature in the next couple of weeks if needed. Leeds haven’t conceded a goal since the opening day which would suggest he probably won’t be able to force his way back into the side at the moment. He has Ayling, Anita and Borthwick-Jackson ahead of him at the moment and that is as a good a set of full-backs we’ve had in over a decade.
Defensive team-mate Matthew Pennington is also set to return to training this week ahead of a return to first-team action. The centre-back on loan from Everton impressed during pre-season and started the opening game where he was having a great debut before twisting his ankle after landing awkwardly. He’s another who will have to wait his time when he is fit again after the re-emergence of new skipper Liam Cooper who has been brilliant so far this season. Competition for places is so high and these two returning will do no harm at all.