According to a report by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United centre-back Pontus Jansson has withdrawn from the Sweden squad with a foot issue that will be a big worry for Marcelo Bielsa.
Well, the 27-year-old played the full 90 minutes of the Yorkshire outfit’s 4-1 loss against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns at the weekend, but he has since picked up an issue that has ruled him out of representing his country during the international break.
The Swede has formed a strong partnership with Liam Cooper in recent weeks with few other senior options to call upon with Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi both injured, and losing him for even a game or two would be a huge blow for Bielsa.
The giant defender has become a huge fans’ favourite with the Elland Road faithful during his time with the Whites as well, and his effect on them and the team must not be underestimated.
The Argentine manager will have a big decision to make, and he has shown that he isn’t afraid to take risks already this term by dropping midfielder Kalvin Phillips back into the centre-back position on one occasion.
However, considering he is already without a recognised centre-back he should keep the 22-year-old in his preferred position and instead bring Conor Shaughnessy in from the cold.
The 6ft 3in player made nine Championship appearances for Leeds during the previous campaign but has been restricted to just 45 minutes of EFL Cup football this time around despite the Whites’ defensive issues, but he deserves an opportunity if Jansson is kept on the sidelines.