By Will Butcher
Leeds boss Garry Monk is set to be forced into a defensive reshuffle for Saturday’s league clash against Barnsley at Elland Road after an injury to loan star Pontus Jansson.
The Sweden international is likely to be replaced by 25-year-old defender Liam Cooper after limping off against Bristol City on Tuesday with a knock.
Monk is “hopeful” that the 6ft 5in colossus will return against Leeds’ Yorkshire rivals, but may have to make do with former Chesterfield defender Cooper at centre-back.
He is set to be replaced by in-form midfielder Kalvin Phillips, after the 21-year-old excelled against Bristol City and Ipswich.
Elsewhere, Gaetano Berardi’s return to fitness is almost complete after featuring for Leeds under-23 side.
However, he is unlikely to be thrown in at the deep end, despite current first-choice right-back Luke Ayling being at fault for Bristol City’s winner on Tuesday night.
A win for Leeds could see them move into the top half of the table, but a loss could just as easily see Monk’s side slip towards the Championship relegation zone.
In other Leeds news, Monk has responded to allegations made against owner Massimo Cellino.