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Paul Hart gives update on Tommaso Bianchi’s injury situation

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Leeds United star Bianchi is still closing in on full match fitness.

Bianchi has not played a single first-team game this season due to an injury he picked up in pre-season, but Paul Hart has told the official Leeds website that he is close to being ready to play again after making a 90 minute appearance for the Under-21s.

Hart said: “Bianchi came through good, he would have told us if he’d felt anything. He’s had a good build-up and has played 90 minutes now. I think he’s still probably a little bit away from firing on all cylinders, but we’re getting him through games now which is important.”

The 2-1 victory over Coventry was the first 90 minutes Bianchi has played since his injury, which was suffered in pre-season.

It appeared as if Bianchi, 27, was going to be a key part of Uwe Rosler’s first-team after featuring heavily in pre-season, but he suffered this injury and when he returns to the first-team, it will be with a new manager in charge.

There are no indications that Steve Evans will look to utilise the Italian midfielder, but Bianchi proved last season that he is a solid ball-winning midfielder at Championship level, whilst possessing a consistent passing ability.

He may not stand out with any of his actions, but Bianchi adds a solid base for any attacking players to build upon, and he surely has a role to play in Evans’ set-up.

Hart has admitted that Bianchi is still a while away from being ready to step up to the Championship, as he is still not at full match fitness, but a few more 90 minute appearances in Under-21 action should set the midfielder up nicely to break into Evans’ first-team.

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