Ross Turnbull pleased with Leeds United teammate Gaetano Berardi's comments about him

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Ross Turnbull has played just once for Leeds United so far.

Ross Turnbull has told Leeds United’s official site that he was pleased with Gaetano Berardi’s comments about him earlier in the season.

Turnbull has been out injured since breaking his ankle back in October, and his recovery process has been a testing one.

The 31-year-old has been on the treatment table for a prolonged period of time, and he has been joined by a number of Leeds’ players in the physio room over the course of the season.

Turnbull says he grew particularly close to Berardi, during their time on the sidelines, and the Swiss defender’s words about him when he returned to fitness meant a lot to the former Chelsea man.

“Everyone is very supportive,” he said. “When I am in and around the lads, they have been great. Same when any of them have been in the treatment room.

“Gaetano Berardi worked closely with me when he was out injured. Then, when he got fit again, he said, ‘Some days, it was so tough...but I would just look across at Ross Turnbull and think, ‘He has had to do this every day’.

“That was nice thing to say, as it showed he understood. But things are getting there now. I am getting there, even if it is slowly. It has been frustrating and I had to have the second operation.”

Since returning from injury, Berardi has gone on to establish his place in Leeds’ first-team, while Turnbull has continued to receive treatment on his ankle.

Turnbull is now targeting a return for pre-season, as he looks to prove his worth at Elland Road.

The experienced stopper has only played one competitive match for Leeds so far, with the ankle problem he picked up coming in a behind closed doors friendly.

When Turnbull does return to fitness, he is likely to be competing with Marco Silvestri and Bailey Peacock-Farrell for a place in the starting line-up.

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