Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa confirms the return of Gaetano Berardi

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 due to take on Salford City in the Carabao Cup later this evening.

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United (C) is restrained by team mates after a clash with Matt Taylor of Bristol City resulting in a red card for both during the Sky Bet Championship match...

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed to Leeds Live that Gaetano Berardi will start for Leeds United in their Carabao Cup tie against Salford City later this evening

Much has been focused on Bielsa suggesting that Eddie Nketiah will feature for Leeds against Salford.

However, the only player that Bielsa has confirmed will start in the contest is Berardi.

 

“Berardi will play with some players who didn't play the previous game,” Bielsa said.

Berardi’s last appearance in a Leeds shirt ended in disaster, as he was sent off in the play-off semi-final.

The Swiss international lost his head in the most dramatic of fixture, and his lack of discipline was part of the reason why Leeds failed to make it to Wembley last term.

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 is now back from suspension, and he sat on the bench at the weekend, as Leeds drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest.

The 30-year-old will need a big performance tonight, as it is hard to see where he slots into Leeds’ starting line-up anymore.

Ben White has made an impressive start for Leeds at centre-back, while Luke Ayling appears to be Bielsa’s first choice right-back.

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 20, 2018 in Derby, England.

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