Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi has returned to training on Monday after months on the sideline with injury.

The Whites hero tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament in the 3-1 win against Derby last season and was immediately forced into surgery.

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed in his latest press conference that the defender will play some under-23 games before returning to the Premier League squad.

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When can we first see him?

The under-23s are currently cruising in the Premier League 2, and extending their lead at the top of the league with a 4-2 win over Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Mark Jackson’s side don’t play again until next Monday when they welcome Reading to Thorp Arch, and then they will entertain Norwich the following Friday.

In that time, the senior side face Crystal Palace this evening, Arsenal away, and then travel to Wolves on that same Friday as the under-23s feature.

With a couple of weeks of training behind him, and also that under-23s games against Reading, we may get to see Berra in the Premier League at Molineux.

After such a long injury lay-off though, the game-in-hand with Southampton may be a more realistic opportunity.

Ask every single Leeds fan what Berardi means to them, and they will be lost for words to describe his fight and determination.

The 32-year-old may not be the most talented of players, but he will give you everything, and that is something that will see him go down in Elland Road history.

With our defensive woes in terms of injuries continuing, it will be a welcome sight to see Berardi back in the squad, and hopefully, that can happen sooner rather than later.

He’s back, and you’ll be able to watch him on the official Leeds YouTube channel in that game against Reading next Monday, put it in your calendars.

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