The Switzerland international ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament towards the end of last season and has been spending a lengthy spell on the sidelines since then.


Following a long spell on the treatment table, Berardi returned to training with the Leeds squad last month, leaving Marcelo Bielsa and co delighted.



The 32-year-old defender is now set to take the next step in his road to recovery and achieving full fitness with Leeds Under-23s.


Berardi has been named in the Whites’ Under-23s starting line-up to face Crystal Palace’s side today.



The Swiss central defender is in line to earn his first minutes on the pitch since last July under Leeds Under-23s manager Mark Jackson.


Berardi will be hoping that he can return to action successfully and avoid any relapses.



The senior defender’s return to full fitness could be a boost for Bielsa’s side as they gear up for the business end of their Premier League campaign.