Noel Whelan has revealed he’s heard Pontus Jansson is set to miss Leeds United’s play-off showdown against Derby County of Wednesday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former United striker, who covers all the team’s matches as a BBC pundit, said it’s likely the Sweden international is likely to miss out with the ankle injury that kept him out of the first leg win over Derby.
Marcelo Bielsa revealed at his media conference on Monday that leading scorer Kemar Roofe is out of the Elland Road return leg along with Adam Forshaw and Tyler Roberts.
Bielsa insisted Jansson’s availability is up in the air, with the staff planning to assess him in training on Tuesday before making a decision on his fitness.
“(Pontus) Jansson will tomorrow try to work normally. And we will see tomorrow how he is,” the Argentine said.
Whelan is pessimistic over the chances of the player Bielsa insisted has been Leeds’ best in the Championship this season making it on Wednesday night.
“What I’m hearing is that Jansson will not be fit,” Whelan said. “If not, I think Leeds can cope. Gaetano Berardi did really well on Saturday and you always get 100 per cent commitment from him.
“He did really well against [David] Nugent and didn’t look like he had missed a huge part of the season. He loves his one-on-one combat and putting his body on the line.
“I don’t see [Jack] Marriott troubling Liam Cooper or Berardi. They are more than capable of coping without Jansson. He is dominant in the air and a force in both penalty boxes, but I’m not worried about Berardi stepping in again.”