Sweden’s national team have confirmed on their website that Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson will remain in Yorkshire during the international break, after picking up a knee injury.
The 28-year-old suffered the injury towards the end of the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Saturday. He was thrown up front, as Marcelo Bielsa had used all three substitutes.
He then replaced Kiko Casilla between the sticks after the Spaniard was sent off for a last-man tackle on Billy Sharp. Chris Basham scored the only goal of the game to push Leeds into third, and the Blades into second.
Sweden have informed fans that Jansson will not be a part of the squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Norway and Romania. Sweden play host to Romania on Saturday, before travelling to Norway on Tuesday.
Jansson, who has 20 caps for Sweden and has since captained his country since joining Leeds from Torino for £3.5million (YEP), has been replaced by FC Copenhagen’s Sotirios Papagiannapoulos.
The extent of Jansson’s injury is yet to be confirmed, but with eight games left in the hunt for automatic promotion, Leeds fans should be very concerned.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim he has withdrew in a bid to return for the next outing against Millwall, which would be an enormous boost if he was able to return in time.
But Bielsa likes to give his players a chance to recover by turning out for the Under-23 side and Jansson is likely to be no different. Jansson has 12 days to prove his fitness before taking on rivals Millwall.