Kemar Roofe pokes fun at Leeds teammate Gaetano Berardi on Instagram

Kemar Roofe of Leeds United applauds the fans at full time during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Semi Final First Leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium...

Kemar Roofe joked that he needed to keep his shinpads on while in the gym during Leeds United's pre-season tour.

Kemar Roofe of Leeds United   during the SkyBet Championship playoff semi final match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby on Saturday 11th May 2019.

Kemar Roofe has joked on Instagram that he bizarrely kept his shinpads on while in the gym because he heard that Leeds teammate Gaetano Berardi would also be in there as United continue their preparations for their upcoming pre-season game.

Marcelo Bielsa's men are in Australia and face Manchester United in their next friendly. The Championship side have taken a strong squad out for the game, but have also left a number of key players back at Thorp Arch.

 

Roofe is one of those currently Down Under. And ahead of the game, the striker took to Instagram to post an image of the striker working out in the gym - and he joked that Berardi's presence forced him to wear protective equipment...

 
 
 
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Heard Berra was in the gym so I kept my shinnies on . #LUFC #MOT #SAFETYFIRST #GYM

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It says a lot about Berardi's popularity amongst the Leeds fans that he appears to have every chance of coming back from his error in last season's play-off semi-final when a rash challenge resulted in a second yellow for the defender at a time when Bielsa's side looked to be back in the ascendancy.

Gaetano Berardi (28) of Leeds Utd tackles Tom Lawrence (10) of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship Play off Semi Final 1st leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at the...

There are still plenty of fans who would prefer to see the cult-hero used as an understudy rather than a key player. But there is no doubt that, when fit, he looked to be another of Bielsa's revelations when deployed at centre-back for much of last season. And of course, his passion for the club can never be questioned

And if Berardi can impress against the Premier League side in Perth, then he will certainly leave Bielsa with something of a dilemma with Brighton loanee Ben White also looking for a campaign of regular first-team football.

Leeds United's Gaetano Berardi during the Sky Bet Championship match between  City and Leeds United at Liberty Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Meanwhile, Roofe previously posted this image from the training ground after Leeds arrived in Australia...

 
 
 
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Finally got the footballs out on Australian soil after 24hrs of travelling ✈⚽️ . #LUFC #MOT #PERTH #AUSTRALIA #PRESEASON

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