Leeds United v Sheffield Wednesday: Berardi poised for return as Pearce walks a fine line

Gaetano Berardi. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Gaetano Berardi. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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Gaetano Berardi should return to Leeds United’s squad for their clash with Sheffield Wednesday after completing a two-game ban – but Jason Pearce is on the verge of suspension.

Berardi completed his punishment for a second red card of the season during Wednesday’s clash with Reading and he is likely to be on the bench for tomorrow’s derby at Elland Road.

But Pearce, who has been ever-present this term, is one yellow card away from his fifth booking of the campaign and a statutory one-game ban.

The centre-back carried four cautions through United’s 0-0 draw with Reading and will start for the 13th game running tomorrow.

Leeds have avoided any fresh bans or injuries during Darko Milanic’s first week as head coach, with Lewis Walters and Aidan White the only absentees.

Milanic is yet to deviate significantly from the line-up left to him by caretaker Neil Redfearn and he talked up homegrown players Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram after Wednesday night’s draw with Reading.

“Cook is extremely young but very talented and he will make a good career,” Milanic said

“Mowatt played well and Byram too. But we have to be patient with young players.”

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