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Pontus Jansson stays in Leeds ahead of Sweden matches

Defender will stay to heal up from injury sustained against Sheffield Wednesday

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Pontus Jansson will not be in the Sweden squad that will be playing in World Cup Qualifiers against both Luxembourg and the Netherlands as he looks to recover from an injury that he sustained against Sheffield Wednesday.

Jansson was injured late in the match after colliding with teammate Kalvin Phillips and had to be stretchered off in obvious pain. Jansson has a history of knee injuries, but in this case it appears to be a shoulder or arm injury, not an injury to his knee, that caused him to come off the pitch on Sunday.

The big Swede appears to be set for scans of his arm to determine the extent of his injuries and how much time, if any, he will forced to miss for Leeds. The club is lucky that there will not be a competitive match for Leeds United until 14 October against Reading FC at Elland Road.

Because of this withdrawal from the Swedish team, Jansson will now miss at least the next two matches of World Cup Qualifying. On Saturday, 7 October, Sweden will host Luxembourg in Stockholm and then on Tuesday, 10 October, Sweden will travel to Amsterdam to take on the Netherlands. The match against the Netherlands will be very important for Sweden, as a good result in Amsterdam will determine if Sweden will be going to the World Cup in Russia next summer, or if they stay at home. Right now, Sweden trails France by one point in Group A in the UEFA World Cup Qualifiers, and leads the Netherlands by three points. With favorites France playing minnows Belarus and Bulgaria in the next two matches, Sweden needs to win out to have a chance to automatically qualify and will need the points to be in the running for one of the eight playoff positions.

So good luck to Sweden without Jansson, and good luck to Jansson, hope he heals up in time to come back against Reading!