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Steve Evans admits worries over Leeds United's lack of options at left-back

Leeds United currently have just one available left-back in Gaetano Berardi.

Steve Evans has admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post that Leeds United are short of cover at left-back, due to Charlie Taylor’s injury.

Taylor has been out through illness ever since Evans took charge at Elland Road, with Gaetano Berardi stepping in to replace the youngster.

And Evans admits that the current situation is far from ideal – as he has no idea who his third choice left-back would be.

“Gaetano’s been excellent for us and I’ve no complaints with him but with Charlie missing we’re without any cover,” Evans said. “At the moment, it’s a case of ‘if Berardi can’t play at left-back, I don’t know who can.’

“We’ve been careful with Charlie and we’ve needed to be. He’s a big player and it sounded like he was having a really good season but this wasn’t something we could rush. That’s still the case.

“He did the warm-up at Wycombe and he’ll be reintroduced with the other lads now but, realistically, Rotherham will come too early for him.”

Berardi has been one of Leeds’ most reliable players this season, so there are few doubts over his credentials to cover for Taylor.

However, an injury to the Swiss now would spell disaster for Evans’ men, as they have just started to build some momentum.

Leeds have won back-to-back fixtures for the first time this season, with their defensive quality being particularly noteworthy.

With Taylor set to return imminently, the quality of Leeds’ squad should improve even further, and that should put the Whites in good stead to start climbing from their current position of 15th in the Championship table.

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