EVERY member of Leeds United’s first team squad will train at Thorp Arch on Friday, giving head coach Garry Monk the full range of options for Saturday’s Championship clash at home to Ipswich Town.
But full back Gaetano Berardi is not in contention to feature, with the recently returning Swiss international being lined up to make a first team return after the international break.
Whites captain Liam Bridcutt has missed United’s last two fixtures with a foot injury while on loan centre-back Pontus Jansson was ruled out of Tuesday night’s EFL Cup clash against Blackburn Rovers with a virus.
Ronaldo Vieira and Eunan O’Kane also looked to have picked up knocks towards the end of the Tuesday night’s cup game but Monk has revealed that every player is now fit to face Ipswich, though Berardi will not be risked.
Berardi injured his hamstring in United’s Championship opener at Queens Park Rangers on August 7 and only returned to full training with Leeds on Monday.
The 28-year-old had only just come back into the Whites fray after being stretchered off with an ankle injury in the 2-2 draw at Hull City back in April.
Assessing his squad on the back of Tuesday night’s 1-0 success against Blackburn, Monk revealed: “We’ve got lots of bruises but nothing that is going to really hold us back.
“The problem is when you have the cup game you have a lot of games in between and you very much focus on recovery.
“But everyone is out on the training field tomorrow and then we will make a choice for the team to play against Ipswich.
“Everyone is training, it’s just bumps and bruises, nothing serious so everyone will be out on the training field tomorrow.
“Then it will be for me to select the team and the squad to go into this game this weekend.”
Asked for an update on Berardi, Monk reasoned: “It’s great to have him back. It’s brilliant to see him out there on the pitch, he’s a really good character amongst the players and an important member of our squad so it’s great to see him back.
“He has been training since Monday but he has a lot of work to do.
“He has to get through a period of training again and we have a plan for him to get through a couple of weeks of training and make sure it’s sustainable in where his injury has been. You can deal with all the rehab in the world but the real test comes in the training situations.
“And then he will probably have to play a few minutes with the under 23s groups to make sure that he ticks all the right boxes and then be available for selection.
“He won’t be available (this weekend) and with Berra, if I’m realistic, we are probably looking more when we come out of the international break in terms of being ready for selection.”
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