By Danny Wright
Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson will miss Sweden’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers after picking up an arm injury in the loss at Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claims that Jansson, 26, underwent scans on Monday after he was stretchered off the pitch at Hillsborough and has since been replaced by Dynamo Moscow defender Sebastian Holmen in the Swedish national squad.
It is understood that the key Leeds player will miss huge qualifying clashes with both Luxembourg and the Netherlands – two fixtures which Sweden will be trying to win to see themselves hang on to atleast a play-off spot to try and get to Russia next summer.
It is unclear how long Leeds will be without Jansson though, but there’s no doubt that Thomas Christiansen will want him back as soon as possible due to his importance in the heart of defence.
The big Sweden has made nine appearances across all competitions this term, contributing to six clean sheets in that time.
Liam Cooper, who was suspended in the 3-0 loss on Sunday, and Matthew Pennington look the most likely options to play in the centre-back roles should Jansson’s absence go past the international break which ends when the Whites play Reading in two weeks’ time.
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