Phil Hay, the Chief Football Writer for the Yorkshire Evening Post, has confirmed that Leeds United defensive duo Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington have both resumed training. The pair have been out of action since suffering injuries in the opening day victory at Bolton Wanderers.
Although Leeds and manager Thomas Christiansen cannot necessarily say the players have been greatly missed in terms of the team still remaining unbeaten this season, having both back in the fold will be crucial during this hectic schedule.
Saturday’s match with the Brewers at Elland Road is shortly followed by another home encounter with Birmingham City on Tuesday night. Then the trip to the capital to take on Millwall the following weekend is quickly precided with the Carabao Cup match with Premier League Burnley. In the whole of September, Leeds will play six games from the 9th to the 26th, so every player is needed.
Hay revealed that the pair are back in ‘light training’ along with the rest of the squad, who resumed training following the international break. Some are still away with their countries, such as Northern Ireland’s Stuart Dallas, but Christiansen had given the squad some time off during this period anyway.
It remains to be seen if Berardi and Pennington will be available for this weekend’s match with Burton Albion, although they could at least make the bench. That being said, Vurnon Anita and Liam Cooper have impressed in the back four alongside Luke Ayling and Pontus Jansson, and the manager may not be so keen to break apart a winning team, especially in defence.