By Will Butcher
Leeds fans have reacted with delight on Twitter as Garry Monk has claimed he is “hopeful” that Pontus Jansson will return to face Barnsley on Saturday.
The 25-year-old was taken off at half-time against Bristol City after appearing to injure his hamstring, leaving fans fearful that their star defender would be ruled out for a considerable amount of time.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash, Monk was quoted by Leeds official Twitter account as saying that the 6ft 5in colossus had trained since the City game and Tuesday’s substitution was only “precautionary”.
The Torino loanee has been a vital part of Leeds recent return to form, helping the side keep three consecutive clean sheets against the likes of Cardiff, Blackburn and Ipswich.
Fans are ecstatic to hear that Jansson could be available to play against their Yorkshire rivals this Saturday, with some claiming that the Sweden’s return is more important than captain Liam Bridcutt.
Here are a selection of their tweets:
@PhilHayYEP bad news, but Jansson more important. 4 of next 6 games winnable. Intl break helps. His return in 7 wks vs Toon would be good!
— Jason Sheehan (@jasonsheehan25) September 29, 2016
I wouldn't risk that man if he was 99% fit. Cooper a more than capable replacement 'til Jansson 100% fit and fighting. No need taking risks.
— Vincent Byrne (@thevinmeister) September 29, 2016
@PhilHayYEP hopefully that's not the same as Bridcutt had a chance for Tuesday
— Andy Platt (@AndyPlatt) September 29, 2016
@PhilHayYEP He will be at ER carrying his head if necessary. Tare
— Tarmo Lappalainen (@10Tare10) September 29, 2016
@PhilHayYEP he's more important we should cope without bridcutt with our million midfielders
— Simon Duffield (@scduffield) September 29, 2016
— Rav Reehal (@RavReehal) September 29, 2016
One fan though took the news about the commanding centre-back in a different way.
— Russell Hancock (@RussellHancock4) September 29, 2016
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, this key player has been ruled out for eight weeks.