By Will Butcher

Leeds defender Pontus Jansson is set to be overlooked by manager Janne Anderson ahead of Sweden’s game against Luxembourg, according to a report.

The 25-year-old has been in superb form for Leeds, but Anderson is reportedly ready to snub the defender ahead of their World Cup qualifier on Friday night.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet have revealed that eight-time international Jansson will miss out to Benfica star Victor Lindelof and former Wigan stopper Anders Granqvist at the heart of the defence.

Anderson’s side have started their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in positive fashion, earning a 1-1 draw against European giants Holland.

A win against Luxembourg could see the Swedes sit at the top of Group A, with a home game against Bulgaria set to follow on Monday.

Jansson was part of former coach Erik Harmen’s Euro 2016 squad but failed to make an appearance throughout the three Group stage matches, as Sweden were knocked out.

The 6ft 5in colossus has been in magnificent form for the Yorkshire giants, as his breakthrough into Garry Monk’s side has coincided with Leeds recent run of form. Five wins have come from the club’s last six league and cup encounters.

Alongside fellow loanee Kyle Bartley, Leeds have conceded just four goals in those six matches, as well as earning two clean sheets and former Swansea boss Monk will be hoping that can continue on October 15 against Derby.

In other Leeds news, fans have reacted in amusing fashion after this former defender was close to completing a move to Cardiff.