By Alex Stevens
Pontus Jansson has opened up on the two years of injury hell he suffered before becoming a Leeds cult hero.
The centre-back, 25, is only seven matches into a season-long loan from Torino but has made a huge impression during his short time at Elland Road.
Janssen was outstanding for Leeds before the international break and starred in their run of five wins in six matches, including four in five league encounters, that lifted them into the top half of the Championship table.
But it has not always been plain sailing for the Sweden international, who revealed the pain he had endured over the previous two seasons.
Jansson claims that, when he left Malmo for Torino in 2014, he had a crippling knee injury that left him in pain every single morning at the age of just 23.
The defender was still in pain up until last month but he now believes he has overcome his injury problems.
“Yes, the last two years have been crazy hard,” said Jansson to Swedish outlet Fotbollskanalen. “It is not really until about a month ago that I got rid of it completely. Every morning I woke up, I had pain and felt “damn, should it really be like this?”
“It was actually the sporting director at Torino who sent me to a guy in Rome. I lived there for three weeks and trained twice a day, and after that, I overcame it and felt that it was good.
“Then I understood that it was not only the actual zone around the knee that was the problem but the whole function of the hip, back and front; that it was not fully functional.”
Swedish outlet Skanesport have stated that Championship club Leeds are contractually obliged to buy him from Torino if he makes 20 appearances.
Jansson has claimed talks are underway and he cannot wait to make the move permanent.
“It`s definitely something I want. I understand they are already in the process of negotiating it,” Jansson told a podcast hosted by Swedish publication Fotbollskanalen while away with the Sweden squad.
“I have found the love for football again. I’m getting on very well and I just want to have it done as soon as possible.”
The Swede has emerged as a key member of Garry Monk’s team during their excellent recent run after leapfrogging Liam Cooper in the centre-back pecking order at Elland Road.
Jansson made a name for himself in Sweden, where he starred in 89 fixtures and won three league titles as well as a domestic cup during his five-year stay.
In other Leeds team news, this injury-prone star is set to make his return to football on Monday night.