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Leeds United linked Bjarnason absent from last night's Serie B play-off, but due to international duty

Birkir Bjarnason may be Leeds United bound, but the reason he was absent from last night's promotion decider was due to international duty.

Birkir Bjarnason may have played his last game for Pescara, and did not even feature in their crucial play-off decider against Bologna last night.

Despite being a standout player in the first leg, he was absent as Pescara were edged out, with a 1-1 draw not enough to clinch promotion to Serie A.

Bjarnason was linked last week with a free agent move to Leeds United by Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, where he would link up with former boss Uwe Rosler, who managed him at Viking.

With BBC West Yorkshire reporting last night that Leeds plan to announce a second signing in as many days, suggestions were last night made on Twitter from fans that his omission from the Pescara side could be related, and he could be the subject of such an announcement.

His absence from the decisive fixture was due to the fact Iceland refused to release him from international duty, with the 27-year-old needed for their Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic, which takes place on Friday.

Italian website Abruzzoquotianosport reported Pescara were considering hiring a private jet to fly him out straight after the final, but Iceland were unwilling to accommodate this, and so the club had to reluctantly play without him.

Bjarnason had netted 10 goals for Pescara over the course of the season, and was a key figure in their season.

His future remains undecided, as his contract has expired, and Leeds United may still make a push to sign him. His side's failure to earn promotion makes him less likely to stick around at the club, as opposed to the lure of playing in Italy's top flight had they made it.

Unless however he undertook a diversion en route to his international squad, he is not the mystery man set to be announced by the club later today.

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