Marcelo Bielsa drops Leeds United team selection hint

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.

Leeds United are set to take on Nottingham Forest at Elland Road tomorrow.

Marcelo Bielsa the head coach

Marcelo Bielsa has suggested to the Yorkshire Evening Post that Gaetano Berardi will return to Leeds United’s squad for their match against Nottingham Forest this weekend.

Leeds are set to play at Elland Road for the first time this season tomorrow, when they take on Forest.

Bielsa’s men head into the game after an impressive opening day win over Bristol City.


And Bielsa has admitted that he is not planning on making many changes to Leeds’ squad for the contest.

“We don't have any more injured players so I cannot imagine any differences. But Berardi is going to add to the squad,” he revealed.

Berardi, who is on an £8,000-a-week contract at Elland Road (Daily Star), missed out on playing for Leeds against Bristol City, as he was suspended.

Leeds captain Gaetano Berardi in action during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on January 7, 2018 in Newport, Wales.

The Swiss defender was red carded in Leeds play off semi-final defeat to Derby County, and his ban carried over into the new campaign.

Berardi is likely to return to Leeds’ bench, rather than their starting line-up upon his return.

Stuart Dallas and Ben White both impressed in Leeds’ opening match, so Berardi is unlikely to knock either out of the team instantly.

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United stretches for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Cambridge United and Leeds United at Cambs Glass Stadium on January 9, 2017 in...

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