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Four ways for Leeds United to replace injured Gaetano Berardi

How will Leeds United replace the injured Gaetano Berardi?

Leeds have been dealt a blow with the news Gaetano Berardi has been ruled out for eight weeks.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported the news of the injury blow, after the Swiss defender was stretchered off late in the 0-0 draw with Charlton Athletic.

Here are four ways the Whites can look at replacing the right-back...

Sam Byram

Sam Byram is the most logical replacement for Berardi, but that does not mean it will happen. Byram is frustrating the Leeds hierarchy by failing to agree a new contract, and could be sold in January as it will be the club's final chance to cash in.

Knowing this could mean they are reluctant to play him in case he gets injured, and focus on alternatives who will be at the club beyond next month, but on the other side of the coin, a run in the first team could convince Byram to stay at Elland Road.

Scott Wootton

Wootton is a favourite of head coach Steve Evans who signed him on loan at Rotherham last season and has frequently found room for him in his Leeds XI.

Wootton played well last season at right-back down the stretch, but he has limitations and on form Byram is the superior option.

Lewie Coyle

If Leeds want to look to the future then now is the time to bring Lewie Coyle into the first team set up. Coyle captains the under-21 side and is regarded as the closest player in the squad to the first team.

He recently signed a new contract, and Leeds may decide to push Coyle, given the uncertain situation with Sam Byram.

Buy in January

If Byram is off and Steve Evans is not convinced by Lewie Coyle, Leeds could look to sign another player in early January.

This would provide cover over the second half of the Berardi's injury, and ensure they are better set up for the future, if a permanent deal is done rather than finding a player to bring in on loan.

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