Leeds United boss Steve Evans states what Gaetano Berardi told him when he was injured

Elland Road pitchside

The Swiss defender told Evans he would return from injury as good as before.

Earlier this season Leeds United's Swiss full-back Gaetano Berardi was looking like a potential player of the season candidate at Elland Road.

The ambidextrous defender was putting in some solid performances for Leeds on a regular basis and that saw his name being bandied around as potentially the best at the club in regards to form.

But his season took a turn when he picked up a torn ankle ligament in mid-December.

In that time the now departed Sam Byram, unpopular Scott Wootton and new emerging talent Lewie Coyle have all played at right-back for Leeds.

The latter impressed but he has recently been out with an injury and Leeds boss Steve Evans informed BBC Radio Leeds yesterday that the Swiss defender was not likely to lose his place:

"I am expecting Lewie Coyle to be available for selection.

"But Berardi has got in and grabbed the shirt. I think we have to be fair.

"As I've said Lewis Coyle is up there with the Cooks and the Taylors but you look at Berardi come in - he has hardly played a game in nine weeks, and he told me he could play like that after being out so long and he has done it."

Berardi is a fantastic professional and adds some defensive stability to the side, without taking away too much of the attacking impetus that can be afforded from full-back.

His versatility also makes him a key member of the first-team and since his return to action it is no surprise that Leeds have won two in a row.

Hopefully his return can continue to bring winning results.

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