By Russell Edge
Leeds United have been dealt a double injury blow after Pontus Jansson and Ronaldo Vieira were both ruled out of international duty over the coming weeks.
Swedish international Jansson was set to be involved in his country’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Luxembourg and the Netherlands knowing that victory in both, coupled with France failing to win one of their matches, would secure automatic qualification.
However the Scandinavians will have to secure victory without the Leeds man after the club confirmed on both their official Twitter account and website that the 26-year-old will remain with the club after suffering injury against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
📰 Leeds United duo to remain with club during the upcoming international break
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 2, 2017
A defensive miscommunication led to Jansson colliding hard with team mate Kalvin Phillips, which saw the Swedish defender stretchered off clutching his shoulder during the 3-0 defeat.
Since joining Leeds on an initial loan from Torino last season, he has made 45 appearances for the club, scoring three times, while he has turned out in nine of the 11 league games for the Whites this season.
Vieira, who was named as an unused substitute against the Owls, will also miss out on taking part in any international action, having been called up for the England under-20 squad for friendlies against Italy and the Czech Republic.
The club state that the 19-year-old has picked up a minor knee injury and will recuperate under the watchful eye of the medical staff.
Leeds will be sweating over the fitness of the duo, hoping that they can return fully fit for the club’s next clash against Reading.
In other Leeds United news, here are three Whites player sweating over their first-team spots during the international break.