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Report: Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi cleared to play against QPR on Tuesday

The right-back received a nasty cut to his head in the Whites' last game, but appears to have been passed fit for the midweek fixture.

Leeds United have received a boost ahead of their clash with Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday as the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Gaetano Berardi has been passed fit for the game.

The 27-year-old received a nasty cut to his head during United's 2-1 defeat to Rotherham on Saturday following an aerial challenge from Matt Derbyshire - who was sent off after the referee deemed that the forward had led with his elbow - and had to be treated for several minutes before coming back on. 

Despite returning to the pitch however, the right-back would be substituted around 15 minutes from the end, and Steve Evans would later confirm that he needed stitches following the incident, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

While the club's play-off hopes have realistically been over for several weeks now, the Swiss defender's return will provide the squad and the fans with an important lift as they look to ensure that they do not become involved in a relegation scrap.

Berardi has earned cult-hero status at Elland Road for his work-rate and willingness to give everything to the club's cause, as he famously proved last season when, despite carrying an injury himself, he took a place on the bench for a game against Charlton after six first-team players pulled out in bizarre circumstances (via Telegraph).

And the image of him battling on shortly after having blood pouring down his face at Rotherham is likely to have endeared him to the fans even further, especially if he does now feature against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's men tomorrow. 

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