Starting XI named in report, Monk will be delighted ahead of Leeds clash against Reading
By Alex Stevens
Pontus Jansson will only play 45 minutes for Sweden in their midweek friendly international against Portugal, according to a report.
Swedish publication Aftonbladet claim the plan of Sweden manager Janne Andersson is to use Jansson in just the second half of the match against the European champions.
First-choice centre-back Andreas Granqvist, who is also the captain, will be paired by Filip Helander for the first half of the encounter in Portugal on Tuesday night.
Jansson will then take over from Granqvist at half-time as Andersson sifts through his options in a match that does not have World Cup repercussions.
It will be a major boost for Leeds that key man Jansson will not play the full 90 minutes in midweek, as he will require less recovery time ahead of their crunch Championship clash against play-off rivals Reading on Saturday evening.
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The 26-year-old was surprising axed by manager Garry Monk for Leeds’ 2-0 triumph against Brighton before the international break.
But Jansson was last week named in the official Championship team of the season and will come into the reckoning to start at Reading.
Monk will be keen for all of Leeds’ international players to return to their Thorp Arch headquarters in good shape following the travelling and matches with their national sides.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.