Leeds United manager Garry Monk has refused to stipulate whether defender Pontus Jansson will be reinstated to his starting XI for Saturday crunch Championship clash with Reading.

The Whites boss raised a few eyebrows by leaving the Swedish centre-half out of his starting XI against high-flyers Brighton and Hove Albion before the international break.

Monk’s decision was vindicated however, with Liam Cooper playing in Jansson’s place and Leeds winning the game at Elland Road 2-0.

The Yorkshire side travel south on Saturday to play the team directly below them, Reading, with passion high ahead of the clash at the Madejski Stadium.

Monk was asked ahead of the game whether Jansson would play against the Royals, but refused to confirm – stating only that there was no issue with the player.

“I’ll make the decision that I need to make and how I want to make it and what’s always best for the team. I’ll always do that,” the Yorkshire Evening Post quote the Leeds boss as saying.
“All the players that have played this season, all of them have contributed and whenever we have made changes, everyone has come in and performed very well so that will continue in the last eight games. It’s no different from all the other games that we have played.”

“It’s my job to make decisions that are best for the group and best for this team to be able to win games and get results.

“I spoke about this last week and the group are very united.

“Pontus is an important part of this group – as are all of the players – and we are here together. We are very united and we are ready for these last eight games.”

Jansson joined Leeds initially on loan from Torino last summer and made an instant impression with his no-nonsense approach alongside Kyle Bartley.

The Swede has since joined the Championship side permanently and it will be interesting to see if he plays against Reading.



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