Huge Leeds blow as key man ruled out of clash against Derby
By Alex Stevens
Pontus Jansson will miss Leeds’ Championship clash against Derby on Friday due to suspension.
The Sweden international collected his 10th booking of the season in Monday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Cambridge at the Cambs Glass Stadium.
Jansson was yellow carded by referee Craig Pawson for elbowing Cambridge striker Luke Berry in the 24th match of the clash.
The latest booking for Jansson has triggered an automatic two-match suspension, which will rule him out of the league encounter against Derby at Elland Road on Friday night and the trip to Barnsley eight days later.
24′ Jansson picks up a yellow card and Cambridge have a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Jansson will now miss the next two matches 0-0
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 9, 2017
The absence of the centre-back for the two matches is a huge blow to Leeds as they aim to maintain their promotion push.
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Jansson has been a key figure in the Leeds team that have punched above their weight this season to reach fifth position in the Championship table at the midway point of the campaign.
He has established a formidable central defensive partnership with fellow loanee Kyle Bartley to form the bedrock of the club’s promotion challenge.
The 25-year-old, who is on a season-long loan from Torino, was one of just three players who kept their places in a much-changed Leeds side that included eight alterations from the team that beat Rotherham 1-0 on Monday of last week.
Cambridge were 1-0 ahead at half-time through a fine goal from Uche Ikpeazu.
In other Leeds news, the club are in talks to sign a £10million Premier League striker.