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Steve Evans explains why defender is at Thorp Arch this week

Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi suffered with injuries during the 2015-16 campaign.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has revealed to The Yorkshire Evening Post that Gaetano Berardi has reported to Thorp Arch this week for a check on his ankle.

The 27-year-old defender, who can play as a right-back or a left-back, has completed his recovery from ankle ligament damage.

“Berra’s in for a bit of work this week, just to make sure everything’s as it should be,” Evans told The Yorkshire Evening Post. “The timescale’s been as we’ve expected but we have to be sure there’s no scar tissue or anything like that. All being well, he’ll go off for a break with his family and come back for the start of pre-season.

“He’s an important player so we want to make sure he’s right. With Berra on the right and Charlie Taylor on the left, the full-backs here are as good as anything in the league.”

Berardi, who has been on the books of Leeds since the summer of 2014, suffered with injuries during the 2015-16 campaign.

The Switzerland international played 28 times for the Whites in the Championship this past season, creating 11 chances in the process.

The defender had a pass accuracy of 74% and a shot accuracy of 18%, and won 36 headers, six dribbles and 39 tackles.

Berardi is a good defender, but he has not had a great campaign and will be keen to get back into action next season.

The former Brescia and Sampdoria man’s current contract with Leeds runs until June 2018.

The West Yorkshire outfit finished 13th in the Championship this past season with 59 points from 46 matches.

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