Report: Pontus Jansson to be fit for Aston Villa

Pontus Jansson

Will the Swede be fit for Leeds United's visit of Aston Villa?

The Yorkshire Evening Post have reported that Leeds United's medical staff expect centre-half Pontus Jansson to be fit for Saturday's visit of Aston Villa.

The Swedish sensation was due back from a one-match ban in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Liverpool in the League Cup but illness sidelined him for the trip to Merseyside.

Leeds face another huge match this weekend as in-form Aston Villa make the trip to Elland Road aiming to boost their playoff hopes this season.

Leeds manager Garry Monk talks to Pontus Jansson

Manager Garry Monk could do with Jansson and Kyle Bartley at the heart of United's defence and The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that is a likely scenario.

The paper goes on to claim that Pablo Hernandez and Liam Bridcutt will remain sidelined, whereas it remains to be seen if Eunan O'Kane and Liam Cooper - who will not start if Jansson does - will be fit after limping off at Anfield.

Bartley and Jansson - both on season-long loans from Swansea and Torino respectively - have been sensational at the back for Leeds this season and the Whites' hopes of beating Villa drop significantly if one of them misses out.

Rajiv van La Parra of Huddersfield Town in action with Pontus Jansson of Leeds United

The worst case scenario is the Swede and Cooper missing out, in which case right-back Gaetano Berardi may be forced to fill the void alongside Bartley.

Steve Bruce has not lost a match as Aston Villa manager, winning four and drawing three since replacing Roberto Di Matteo at Villa Park last month.

Defeat for Leeds - who sit fifth in the Championship - would see the 11th-placed Villans close to gap to within one point.

Leeds' Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring their first goal

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