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Steve Evans has been greatly impressed by Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi

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Gaetano Berardi has been one of Leeds United's most consistent performers this season.

Steve Evans has told Leeds United’s official website that Gaetano Berardi has greatly impressed him during his time at Elland Road so far.

Berardi has been one of the Whites’ most consistent performers this season and he has played a key part in their first-team under both Uwe Rosler and Evans.

The Swiss full-back did pick up an injury in his latest outing against Charlton Athletic though, and he could be left to face a considerable amount of time on the sidelines.

Evans said: “We’re told it could be around eight weeks, that was the prognosis of the consultant yesterday, but there is always a chance of him coming back sooner.

“He will be seeing a specialist over the coming weeks so we are able to monitor his progress and get a clear idea of when he will be available for selection again.

“It’s a shame for Gaetano as he is someone who has impressed me greatly since I first arrived at the club. He had just returned from suspension and was doing well after coming on at Charlton, so this is a disappointing setback for him.

“But he has our full support in his recovery and with our excellent medical team here at Thorp Arch, we know he is in safe hands and will soon return to his best.”

Berardi’s absence will be a blow for Leeds but at least they do have viable cover for him at right-back.

Scott Wootton has filled in there over recent weeks, and although the former Manchester United defender is not the most popular player at Elland Road he has performed reliably.

Leeds also could utilise Sam Byram, but that would require Evans to backtrack on his current stance.

Evans has suggested that he will not pick Byram unless he signs a new deal, with the youngster stalling over committing his future to the Whites.

Leeds’ next match comes against Wolverhampton Wanderers’ on Tuesday night and they will be desperate to get back to winning ways after their weekend stalemate.

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