Whilst it’s true that Leeds United fans can often be accused of overreacting when things go wrong, you can forgive them for getting a little worked up this week. On Saturday they fell to a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of West Brom before just three days later learning that their star centre-back, Pontus Jansson has sustained an ankle injury, via The Yorkshire Evening Post.
Pontus Jansson to fly home from Sweden and undergo assessments with Leeds United later this week after pulling out of international duty injured:https://t.co/yogKTOqP87
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) November 12, 2018
Fortunately for The Whites, Jansson won’t have to worry about missing a Leeds game for a while as the November international break is currently upon us. Instead, it will be Sweden’s two matches against Turkey and Russia in the UEFA Nations league that the commanding defender will be missing. The fact that he’s pulled out of the Sweden squad is still awful news, though, and the fans will be hoping it’s a minor scare and that he’ll return for Bristol City.
That game in the Championship comes on November 24th and gives Jansson just under two weeks to get back to fitness from his layoff. The injury was suffered during the loss to West Brom and whilst Jansson bravely played on, it looks like that decision could come back to haunt him as he could leave The Whites without an orthodox centre-back option to partner captain Liam Cooper when they return to Championship action.
You can read The Whites’ verdict on Jansson’s injury here:
So what's the back up then at CB? We havent had sufficient cover in this area since the start of the season and the likelihood of playing another player out of position is on the cards. It will cost us. GOT TO STRENGTHEN IN JAN IF WE WANNA GO UP. FACT
— Daz (@hobsterlobster) November 12, 2018
— Tom O'Hare (@tohare3) November 12, 2018
We've needed another CB all season, longer than that perhaps, and what do we do….nothing. Bielsa in all his wisdom is still learning about this league, so hopefully he gets someone in in January otherwise we will struggle. If Pontus is out for a while we are in trouble.
— Steve Owen (@LMS55ENORMANTON) November 12, 2018
— Adam (@AdamRoD87) November 12, 2018
— Morphoolu (@Morphoolu) November 13, 2018
Good grief. Their is something of the ‘plaything of the gods’ when your manager says he’s happy with the squad size, and then subsequently players start dropping left, right and centre….
— BROLIN ATE THE PIE (@REDPLANET2025) November 12, 2018
So, we are on the verge of no defence. Might as well just play 5 strikers and 5 midfielders with a keeper…
— Manny (@manraj_hayre) 12 November 2018
The Whites will be desperate to see Jansson make a swift recovery and will hope he can be back in time for Bristol City.
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