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Pontus Jansson withdraws from Sweden squad due to injury suffered against Sheffield United

Central defender had to stay on the pitch after picking up a knock, and ended up playing both striker and keeper against the Blades

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This isn’t good news, but it’s not necessarily terrible news.

Leeds United centre back Pontus Jansson has been forced to withdraw from the Sweden squad for the upcoming March Euro 2020 qualifiers against Norway and Romania,

Jansson suffered a knee injury late on against Sheffield United, and he had to stay on the pitch with Leeds down a goal and out of substitutions. He moved up top to play as a striker, due to his mobility issues with the injured knee, but ended up playing in goal after goalkeeper Kiko Casilla saw red in stoppage time.

The extent of the injury hasn’t been revealed by the club, and will likely not be known until later in the week, but it’s concerning to have any injuries with eight games to go and Leeds one point out of the automatic promotion spots.

Leeds will next take on Millwall on 30 March, which means that Jansson still has time to recover and regain his fitness before the match. If Jansson can’t go, Gaetano Berardi, the fullback who played brilliantly in central defense earlier in the season, is once again fit and would be the likely replacement.