David Prutton has claimed that Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi has a “wonderful opportunity” at Elland Road this season.

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed this week that the Swiss enforcer will return to training today after missing six months with an ACL problem that required surgery.

Sky Sports pundit, Prutton has admitted that Berardi could yet have a massive part to play in the second half of the Premier League season.

leeds unitedWriting in his Yorkshire Evening Post column, Prutton admitted that despite his injury the defender has played a huge part in the progression at Elland Road.

“Leeds will also be boosted by the return to training of Gaetano Berardi this week and Berardi has been out since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the 3-1 win at Derby County last July,” he said.

“This is now a wonderful opportunity for Berardi to come back and play a part in the second half of the season.

“There has been a progression with the whole team moving forward and I think he has been firmly part of that.”

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Berardi has become a rarely-seen figure in Leeds, with fans even getting excited over a blurred image in the background of an interview at Thorp Arch recently.

The 32-year-old has been missing for months, and his return fully vindicates Andrea Radrizzani’s decision to hand him a new contract while injured.

It has turned into somewhat of a masterstroke.

Diego Llorente and Robin Koch have both suffered from their own injuries, and Berardi could go straight back into the side as the first-choice substitute behind Pascal Struijk.

Bielsa is currently using Charlie Cresswell on the bench, and although he’s a great talent, the experience of Berardi could be crucial for the Whites before the end of the season.

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