Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson was forced off injured whilst playing for Sweden in an international friendly with Norway yesterday. Speaking to Fotbollskanalen, the 26-year-old says he picked up a knee injury, but it ‘was just a bang’.
Jansson played 70 minutes before being forced off with the problem. He is set to complete a permanent switch to Leeds from Torino over the summer. It appears to be a formality although no official word has come out from the club as of yet. This was the final game of his season, giving him ample time to recover from his injury in time for the new campaign.
The commanding centre back was involved in a clash with St Pauli midfielder Mats Daehli, and Swedish coach Janne Andersson elected to take no risks and made the change. Nevertheless, Jansson was quick to calm down any fears that it was a serious problem,
“I think it’s cool, it was just a bang. I do not know what happened. I have not seen the situation myself. I was not prepared to get a bang. I was hurt and could not complete. But it feels quite alright. I’ll check it tomorrow but it still feels OK.”
Jansson now heads away on holiday for the summer, saying he plans to ‘disconnect completely’ from football. However one thing he’ll be doing with particular interest is monitoring the situation at Elland Road. They have yet to appoint a new manager to replace Garry Monk but an appointment is said to be in the pipeline for next week.