Pontus Jansson could unexpectedly retain his position in the Leeds United starting XI against Millwall as he closes in full fitness, according to Phil Hay in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The regional newspaper claim the Sweden international has made a swift recovery from a knee injury suffered in Leeds’ 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United and is hoping to keep his place in the middle of Marcelo Bielsa’s defence.
Correspondent Hay reports in the YEP Forshaw is also close to a comeback after an eight-game absence with a knee injury and was set to resume full training this week.
Football Insider verdict:
What a boost it would be to Leeds’ automatic promotion hopes if Jansson is fit to take his place in the starting XI against Millwall on Saturday. The combination of the Swede and skipper Liam Cooper has been the best in the Championship this season and has been the foundation upon which United’s promotion challenge has been built. Jansson’s aerial prowess and physicality is crucial in such a demanding league, and would be doubly so against Millwall, a side whose game plan is based upon bombarding the opposition box with long balls and deliveries from out wide. Were Jansson to miss out, Gaetano Berardi would no doubt replace him as he steps up his own recovery from the hamstring tear that sidelined him for three months. The 30-year-old cult hero is a reliable and committed operator, but to come in for such a crucial match against such a demanding opponent would be no easy task.