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Garry Monk offers update on Berardi and Cooper injuries

Burnley's Andre Gray and Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi in action

The Leeds United boss has good news about the injured duo.

Leeds' Liam Cooper and MK Dons' Sam Gallagher in action

Speaking to LUTV, Leeds United boss Garry Monk has revealed that Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper will not be long-term absentees from the squad, noting their recoveries will be in days rather than weeks.

The defenders missed both of Leeds' pre-season friendlies in the Republic of Ireland - a 2-1 win over Shelbourne on Wednesday, followed by Saturday's 3-0 win at Shamrock Rovers.

Burnley's Andre Gray and Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi in action

By virtue of the fact that Cooper played 39 Championship games last term, it could be argued that the 24-year-old was among the Whites' most reliable defenders as far as appearances go. Berardi, on the other hand, went into pre season after suffering separate ankle ligament injuries.

With the new Championship season three weeks away, Leeds fans could have been forgiven for being worried about the duo, but Monk has stressed to LUTV that the pair will shake off their respective knocks in the coming days.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Asked how long the duo will be out for, Monk responded: "That's the only real disappointment from the trip. Obviously Coops [injury] was right at the very start - I think it was even before we had come out here - and obviously [it was] Bera at the beginning of the week. They've had checks so we're talking days rather than weeks and months.

Leeds kick off their Championship season with a visit to Queens Park Rangers on August 7 and Monk will want to have his best XI available to him for the starting point of what he and fans will hope proves to be promotion-winning season.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk

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