By Will Butcher

Swedish defender Pontus Jansson has returned to training after missing Tuesday night’s 1-0 triumph over Blackburn in the third round of the EFL Cup.

The commanding defender was replaced by centre-back Liam Cooper after missing the game through illness, which was confirmed just hours before kick-off.

However, less than 48 hours after missing the game against Owen Coyle’s side, Jansson was pictured (top left) training on Thursday in a post on Leeds’ official Twitter account.

Fellow loanee Kyle Bartley partnered Jansson’s replacement Cooper at the heart of the Leeds defence on Tuesday night, as the Yorkshire giants secured their third win on the bounce to progress to the last 16 of the EFL Cup.

Chris Wood’s late goal continued the Championship outfit’s momentum, and they will look to continue their good run of form against Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich on Saturday.

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Jansson, currently on loan at Elland Road from Serie A outfit Torino, was impeccable during his last outing against Cardiff where he made 10 more clearances than any other player on the pitch and was named in WhoScored’s Championship Team of the Week for his superb display.

The eight-time Sweden international is set to return to the starting line up for Leeds, as Monk’s men look to make it four wins on the bounce and propel them into the top half of the Championship table for the first time this season.

In other Leeds news, Garry Monk has revealed this injury blow ahead of Saturday’s Championship encounter.