Gaetano Berardi sends message to Leeds United fans on Instagram

Leeds defender thanks fans and speaks of his joy at an opening win.

Gaetano Berardi was injured in Leeds United's opening Championship game of the season but he is shrugging off the blow.

The Swiss defender was stretchered off with a suspected dislocated shoulder forcing the Whites into a defensive re-shuffle.

Leeds wait for a full diagnosis of the left-back's injury, but Berardi is just happy Leeds got all three points away at Bolton.

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United FC controls the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds,...

Berardi posted a message on Instagram last night, thanking fans for their tremendous support at the Macron Stadium.

He said: "Great performance yesterday of all the team, we managed all the difficult moments with a strong mentality! Proud of all my teammates.

"The most important thing: 3 points! I heard a lot of support coming out of the pitch so THANK YOU!"

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United runs with the ball during the pre season friendly match between York City and Leeds United at Bootham Crescent on July 15, 2015 in York, England.

Berardi performed strongly enough to displace Charlie Taylor at the end of last season and that meant the left-back's departure was an after thought in their transfer business rather than being an urgent need.

Leeds have moved to sign Manchester United talent Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on loan which provides cover at left-back, although fans will certainly be hoping Berardi makes a swift recovery.

A short absence will give Borthwick-Jackson a chance to bed in and get a run of games, but Berardi is as reliable as they come, and getting him back to full fitness is likely crucial to his success, given his ability to play at right-back too if required.

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