Sam Byram is set to return to Leeds United’s starting line-up on Saturday as Gaetano Berardi serves his second ban of the season.
Berardi will begin a two-match suspension during United’s visit to Brentford, opening the door for Byram to regain his place after a recent ban of his own.
Byram has been out of the team since receiving a red card at Watford last month, limited to brief substitutes appearances against Bournemouth and Huddersfield, but the dismissal of Berardi towards the end of Saturday’s Yorkshire derby has subjected him to another spell on the sidelines.
The Swiss right-back incurred a three-match ban after being sent off on his debut in the League Cup and he was punished again for two bookable offences by referee Chris Foy during Leeds’ 3-0 win over Huddersfield.
That offence normally carries a one-game punishment but Berardi’s previous red card will see him miss United’s midweek clash with Reading too. He will return to contention for next Saturday’s meeting with Sheffield Wednesday.
Head coach Darko Milanic, who took his second training session at Thorp Arch yesterday, has few other selection issues to worry about ahead of tomorrow’s game at Griffin Park.
Aidan White and Lewis Walters have been absent for two months through injury but Steve Morison returned from a calf strain as a substitute in the win over Huddersfield.