Early Leeds team news: 25-year-old axed from squad for Birmingham clash
By Harry Sykes
Marcus Antonsson will be omitted from the Leeds matchday squad that faces Birmingham in the Championship on Friday night.
The striker, 25, was demoted to the reserves earlier in the day and represented the Under-23s as an overage player against Barnsley at Oakwell on Friday afternoon.
Antonsson played the full 90 minutes as his side, which also featured frozen-out midfielder Matt Grimes, slumped to a 2-0 defeat.
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It means that Antonsson will once again be overlooked as Leeds’ senior side aim to keep their promotion bid on track at St Andrews.
It is another blow for the Swede, who has had a frustrating debut campaign since his transfer from Kalmar FF last summer.
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The forward has not even made the substitute’s bench for Leeds’ last four matches even though he is fully fit and available for selection.
It is a fall from grace since his central role in the early months of the season, when he started a number of matches and was a regular member of the matchday 18.
Antonsson has not had any league action since a late substitute appearance in the 3-0 win against Rotherham on 2 January, and has not scored in the Championship since October.
In total, he has made 21 appearances in all competitions for the Yorkshire giants this season but has scored just three goals, two of which came in the League Cup.
The excellent form of main striker Chris Wood, the re-emergence of versatile forward Souleymane Doukara and the deadline day signings of Alfonso Pedraza and Modou Barrow have pushed Antonsson down the Elland Road pecking order.