Leeds United played out an entertaining 1-1 Championship draw with Aston Villa on Friday night, with the Whites unable to hold onto a first-half lead and eventually sharing the spoils with Steve Bruce’s men.

The Elland Road outfit have had an inconsistent campaign to date, with an initially blistering start coming crashing down with six defeats in seven league games.

However, the feeling in the Leeds masses is that Christiansen has steadied the ship to some degree in recent weeks, with a draw against an in-form Villa outfit not the worst result.

The Yorkshire boss provided an injury update on a number of his players after the game, with one eye now turning to the club’s next Championship game against Queens’ Park Rangers.

Pablo Hernandez created the Leeds goal for Pontus Jansson in the early exchanges but the Spanish playmaker was taken off before the half-time interval as a precaution.

Christiansen allayed fears that the veteran midfielder could be set for a prolonged period on the sidelines and instead stated it was a practical move to substitute the star.

“No, no he had a muscle problem,” the Leeds boss stated after the game, as reported by Leeds Live.

“He felt it a little bit so in that moment he is clever and understood that it’s better to go out so it didn’t go worse.”

Jansson also picked up a knock before the final whistle but played out the remainder of the game, while Stuart Dallas was absent from affairs due to the ankle injury he picked up while on international duty with Northern Ireland.

Christiansen stated that Leeds hoped to have close to a full bill of health when it came time for facing QPR next weekend.

“It’s a knock but he’s okay,” the Whites boss said about Jansson.

“Well I believe that Stuey will be close, Eunan (O’Kane) will be there, Pablo I also believe that he will be there.”

The draw moves Leeds up to seventh place in the Championship table, two points adrift of the play-off positions, but this could well be extended on Saturday defending on how other results pan out.


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