Pontus Jansson: This is the real reason why I missed Leeds win v Ipswich
By Danny Wright
Pontus Jansson has contradicted Thomas Christiansen with his reasoning as to why he missed Leeds United’s 3-2 win over Ipswich on Saturday.
Elland Road boss Christiansen revealed after the game that the 26-year-old centre-back was omitted from the squad even though he had no injury concerns, despite limping out of the loss at Millwall last week.
However now, Jansson has claimed in an interview with Swedish news outlet Fotballskanalen that he was in fact nursing an issue with his thigh, but should be ready for Tuesday night’s top of the table crunch match with Cardiff.
“I had a bleeding in the thigh so there was a risk of pulling it up and in that case I would have gone a long time. There is less risk on Tuesday, probably I can play then. I hope so. It was the medical team who judged that it was better not to play,” said Jansson.
Christiansen has always played his cards close to his chest when talking about injury issues that have troubled his squad this season, but it seems strange that he and Jansson would both give different stories as to why the Sweden international didn’t feature in the squad on Saturday.
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Either way, Jansson will no doubt be fully up to speed for what is going to be a big game in South Wales on Tuesday night when Leeds face off against Cardiff.
The two sides are level on points at the summit of the Championship standings, however it is the Whites who currently lead the pack with their vastly superior goal difference.
Liam Cooper and Conor Shaughnessey played in the centre of defence against Ipswich and it is most likely going to be the latter who will lose his spot in the side for the midweek showdown.
In other Leeds United news, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has made a bold claim about how the game unfolded on Saturday.