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:

One fan though took the news about the commanding centre-back in a different way.

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.