By Will Butcher

Leeds boss Garry Monk is set to be forced into a defensive reshuffle for Saturday’s league clash against Barnsley at Elland Road after an injury to loan star Pontus Jansson.

The Sweden international is likely to be replaced by 25-year-old defender Liam Cooper after limping off against Bristol City on Tuesday with a knock.

Monk is “hopeful” that the 6ft 5in colossus will return against Leeds’ Yorkshire rivals, but may have to make do with former Chesterfield defender Cooper at centre-back.


Monk is also without captain Liam Bridcutt, after revealing that the 27-year-old was out for eight weeks with a fractured metatarsal. 

He is set to be replaced by in-form midfielder Kalvin Phillips, after the 21-year-old excelled against Bristol City and Ipswich.

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Ronaldo Vieira is also ready to return to the side but is set to watch from the bench as Monk is likely to give Phillips a deserved chance.

Elsewhere, Gaetano Berardi’s return to fitness is almost complete after featuring for Leeds under-23 side.

However, he is unlikely to be thrown in at the deep end, despite current first-choice right-back Luke Ayling being at fault for Bristol City’s winner on Tuesday night.

A win for Leeds could see them move into the top half of the table, but a loss could just as easily see Monk’s side slip towards the Championship relegation zone.

In other Leeds news, Monk has responded to allegations made against owner Massimo Cellino.