Leeds United: Injured pair Berardi and Pennington poised to resume training

Gaetano Berardi.
Gaetano Berardi.
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INJURED duo Matthew Pennington and Gaetano Berardi are poised to finally return to training for Leeds United after the weekend.

The defensive pair were both injured in United’s Championship opener at Bolton Wanderers with Pennington causing damage to his ankle before Berardi dislocated his shoulder.

Both players will remain sidelined for tomorrow evening’s Championship trip to Nottingham Forest but Whites head coach Thomas Christiansen has revealed a return to training for the duo is near.

Asked what the latest situation was with Pennington and Berardi, Christiansen said: “Very positive.

“After the weekend they will start slowly to start back with the team.”

Pablo Hernandez is also fit to feature for Leeds at Forest having quickly recovered from a hip injury which forced the Spaniard to be substituted after 25 minutes of last weekend’s 2-0 win at Sunderland.

Matthew Pennington.

Matthew Pennington.

“He is fine,” said Christinsen.

But striker Caleb Ekuban is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after injuring a bone in his foot during the same game.

Christiansen said only that the striker was “recovering” but could not reveal when the forward would be back.

United’s head coach has also revealed that winger Hadi Sacko has not been selected to be part of the match-day squad for the Forest clash.

Pablo Hernandez.

Pablo Hernandez.

Sacko has not featured for Leeds since being taken off in the second half of the first round Carabao Cup clash at home to Port Vale on August 9.

The 23-year-old has failed to even make the bench for United’s last four games with the Frenchman again left out of the squad for Tuesday night’s second round Carabao Cup win over Newport County – in which Christiansen drafted in three players from United’s under-23s in Paudie O’Connor, Eoghan Stokes and Madger Gomes.

Sacko is not injured but Christiansen said: “Hadi will probably join the group after the weekend.”