Leeds United fans have been undeterred by an injury to Liam Cooper as they have complete faith in Gaetano Berardi who looks set to start against Wigan on Friday.
Cooper limped off during the warm-up before the Sheffield Wednesday game on Saturday and the centre back remains a doubt heading into this fixture.
Easter brings about fixture congestion in the Championship and with Leeds playing on both Friday and Monday they won’t want to risk Cooper if he isn’t 100%.
Cooper has been exceptional for Marcelo Bielsa’s side this term with his performances earning him a spot in the Championship Team of the Season. The Englishman will undoubtedly be a huge miss for Leeds but luckily they have a ready-made replacement.
Berardi stepped in brilliantly last weekend as Leeds kept a clean sheet whilst beating their Yorkshire rivals 1-0.
And fans are optimistic about Berardi putting in a repeat performance against Wigan on Friday as Leeds look to continue their promotion push, with many expressing their faith in the tough-tackling Italian.
Here’s what Leeds fans are saying on Twitter…
No fear, Berra is here ?
— Chelle ?? (@ChelleLUFC) April 17, 2019
Big loss but its time to unleash the beast BERARDI Wigan forwards beware.???
— CurlyHillLeeds (@HillCurly) April 17, 2019
Rest him for brentford,Berra has this?
— bielsa’s lucky blue bucket ???? (@delwright21) April 17, 2019
Cooper is a massive player for us and will be a loss if unavailable but hoping beradi can handle Wigan. And hopefully get cooper back for Brentford where he gets his sharpness for the villa game.
— Andy Longstaff (@ClipperBoyz) April 17, 2019
Berra is better!
— Phil (@philleeds12345) April 17, 2019
In Gaetano we trust ??
— Chris Tonge (@fc83552d3cb0456) April 17, 2019