Gaetano Berardi facing up to nine months out as Leeds United reveal extent of defender’s injury

Berardi fell awkwardly during the first half of Sunday’s 3-1 win at Pride Park with the hard-man defender clearly in pain and needing to be stretchered off.

The 31-year-old then had scans on Monday which confirmed the ACL tear in his knee.

Berardi has made 25 appearances for the Whites during the present campaign, helping Leeds seal a return to the Premier League as Championship champions.

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ACL TEAR: For Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi, top. Picture by Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

The defender’s Whites contract ran out at the end of last month but with the season extended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the former Switzerland international signed a new deal that ran until the end of the current campaign.

Yorkshire Evening Post