By Wayne Veysey

1st Apr, 2017 | 5:35pm

Pontus Jansson sends Twitter message ahead of Leeds clash against Reading

By Alex Stevens

Pontus Jansson has revealed on Twitter he was was omitted from the Leeds squad for Saturday’s clash against Reading due to a hamstring injury.

There was great shock among Leeds supporters when the centre-back’s name was absent from the matchday 18 for the clash between the play-off rivals.

Manager Garry Monk had made no mention at his media briefing on Thursday that Jansson was doubtful as he reported a virtual clean bill of health for his squad.

Jansson took to his personal Twitter account 25 minutes before kick-off to explain that he had “some problem with my hamstring and will work hard to come back” as soon as possible.

Jansson, who had travelled to the Madejski Stadium with the rest of the squad and was set to watch the match from the stands, also sent his best wishes to his teammates.

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The Swede’s late omission means Monk has not named a single defender on the substitute’s bench for the encounter between the league’s fourth and fifth placed teams.

Liam Cooper keeps his place in the side and partners Kyle Bartley in the centre of defence for a second consecutive match.

Cooper had been controversially preferred to a fit and available Jansson for Leeds’ 2-0 win against Brighton before the international break.

Monk named an unchanged side as Leeds aim build on the momentum that has enabled them to virtually secure a place in the end-of-season play-off places as they push for promotion back to the Premier League following 13 years.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.

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