Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has been forced to pull out of international duty this week, according to reports by Svenskfotbol.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side has been littered with injuries of late, putting huge strain on their already small squad.

The Leeds boss can breathe a sigh of relief this time though, as Jansson has left the Sweden camp due to the imminent arrival of his first child.

The 27-year-old defender is an integral part of Bielsa’s side, featuring 11 times in all competitions this season.

Jansson has one goal to his name so far this campaign, as he found the net with a crucial late equaliser to earn Leeds a point against Brentford at the weekend.

The Swedish defender has 90 appearances for Leeds to his name, which includes a loan spell at Elland Road during the 2016/17 season.

Bielsa will be delighted that Jansson’s withdrawal isn’t due to injury, as his squad has been depleted over the last month.

Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez, Gaetano Berardi, Patrick Bamford and Conor Shaughnessy have all been unavailable for Leeds, with Barry Douglas also missing Saturday’s draw with Brentford.

Bielsa will be hoping the international break gives him a chance to get some of those players back in action, ready to improve on their current position of third in the Championship table.

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