Leeds United started off the new season with a bang as they led the Championship for a few weeks before faltering in the last couple of games. Thomas Christiansen’s men lost the last two matches to fall behind the league leaders and currently occupy the fifth position in the table four points behind the league leaders, Cardiff City.
The international break came at the right time for Leeds as it gives them the time to regroup and rethink their strategies before going into the weekly fixtures yet again.
Leeds face Reading this weekend in the Championship and Christiansen will be hoping that Leeds replicate the splendid form exhibited by his team at the start of the 2017/18 season.
The major update for the game is that Christiansen will be enjoying the return of the centre back, Pontus Jansson after an injury layoff. Jansson is available for the game as the defender got fit when the international games were taking place over the two week period.
The 26-year-old has been out of action since last month when he injured his shoulder. This resulted in Jansson getting withdrawn from the Sweden national team for the recently concluded round of World Cup qualifiers to fast-track his progress from the injury and that has worked really well for the player as well as Leeds United.
Interestingly, the news of Jansson returning to first-team training and getting match fit was announced by Jansson’s brother on Twitter while replying to a Leeds United fan enquiring regarding the status of his injury. His brother mentioned that Pontus is fine now and is training with the first team.
The centre-back will give Leeds United the solidity at the back as the Championship outfit had been tight at the back whenever he was on the pitch be before his injury last month.