Monk shares whether Jansson will return for Leeds against Brentford
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has revealed that Pontus Jansson is a doubt for Leeds’ next Championship clash against Brentford on Tuesday.
Defender Jansson missed the Yorkshire giants’ 1-0 defeat to Reading on Saturday evening with a hamstring injury.
It ended Leeds’ seven-match unbeaten as they fell to a deserved loss at the Madejski Stadium against their fellow promotion hopefuls.
A superb first-half strike from Yann Kermorgant was enough to secure the three points in a match totally dominated by Jaap Stam’s side.
One of the main talking points surrounded the omission of Jansson, who did not even make the matchday 18 despite no indication in the build-up to the match that his fitness was an issue.
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Monk said afterwards, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay, that the Swedish centre-back pulled out of the game with a hamstring strain on Saturday morning.
Jansson is set to be assessed by Leeds’ medical staff ahead of their Championship fixture against Brentford at Griffin Park on Tuesday night.
Monk said Jansson pulled out of the game with a hamstring strain this morning. Will be assessed before Tuesday’s match v Brentford. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) April 1, 2017
For the second consecutive match, Liam Cooper was named by Garry Monk in the starting XI alongside mainstay Kyle Bartley.
Cooper had been controversially preferred to a fit and available Jansson for Leeds’ 2-0 win against Brighton before the international break.
Leeds’ defeat at Reading is not only a blow to their automatic promotion hopes, but also means they drop to fifth in the Championship table.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.