Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson is set to start against Cardiff City on Tuesday evening after missing out on the club’s 3-2 win over Ipswich at the weekend, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
According to manager Thomas Christiansen, Jansson was omitted from the match-day squad as a precaution with a suspected thigh injury, despite admitting that he was available to play, but the Leeds’ local newspaper now believes that the 26-year-old is firmly in contention for selection once more.
Jansson starred for Leeds last season as Garry Monk’s side narrowly missed out on a play-off place, despite spending almost the entire season inside the top six. His loan move from Torino was made permanent in January and his impressive performances reportedly attracted interest from some Premier League clubs, including Southampton, in the summer.
Christiansen’s side clearly missed Jansson’s presence against Ipswich, conceding twice having let in just an accumulative three goals in the eight league games prior to that, and they will be glad to have him back for a tough test against Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City, who, like Leeds, have started the season in fine fettle.
Cardiff have stuttered in recent weeks, with draws against Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday and a comprehensive loss to Preston North End making their 100% start look like a distant memory, but repaired their confidence with a 2-1 win against a depleted Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Jansson could prove to the be the difference as two of the top sides in the league clash at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday.