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Marcelo Bielsa should hope Leeds defender Pontus Jansson avoids serious injury

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Marcelo Bielsa should hope Leeds defender Pontus Jansson avoids serious injury

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa must be sweating over the fitness of defender Pontus Jansson, as he’s been forced to pull out of international duty.

The Sweden Football Association has confirmed that the 27-year-old has pulled out of his nation’s squad for Nations League fixtures agains Turkey and Russia.

He picked up a foot problem with the Whites in the 4-1 defeat to West Brom at the weekend and will return to Yorkshire for injury assessments.

Leeds have to hope that the centre-back has no signs of as serious injury, as their promotion bid could be derailed if he faces any sort of extended period out after the international break.

 

The no-nonsense defender is a vital player at Elland Road this season and helped his side up to third in the Championship table.

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His presence in the heart of defence would be felt if he was absent after the break, but most importantly Leeds are completely short of options at centre-back.

Liam Cooper would be the club’s only senior centre-back option available if Jansson is unfit, which could mean midfielder Kalvin Phillips having to drop back into defence.

Leeds need to ensure they stay in the mix at the top end of the table and having just one fit centre-back is not the ideal way to do that.

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