By Will Butcher
Garry Monk is hopeful that he will have Pontus Jansson available to him on Saturday as Leeds face Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.
The eight-time Sweden international limped off just before half-time on Tuesday night against Bristol City after clutching what appeared to be his hamstring.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash, Monk was quoted by Leeds’ official Twitter account as saying that the Torino loanee had trained on Thursday and Tuesday’s substitution was only “precautionary.”
The 25-year-old’s run in the team coincided with Leeds’ four-game winning streak, helping the Yorkshire giants keep clean sheets against the likes of Cardiff, Blackburn and Ipswich.
However, the former Malmo defender was taken off and replaced by Liam Cooper on Tuesday night with the score still at 0-0.
Without Jansson’s dominating presence, Monk’s side lost 1-0 as Marlon Pack finished emphatically into the roof of the net to clinch victory for City.
Former Chesterfield defender Cooper is likely to replace Jansson if the 6ft 5in colossus fails to return against high flying Barnsley, with Kyle Bartley ready to partner either of the two at centre-back.
A win for Leeds on Saturday 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.
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