Leeds United: Jansson’s and O’Kane’s return leaves only holidaying Wood ‘knocking’

Chris Wood.
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Pontus Jansson and Eunan O’Kane have returned to training with Leeds United ahead of the club’s first friendly of the summer.

The pair joined the rest of United’s squad at Thorp Arch on Monday after being given extra time off for their respective honeymoons, and both players could feature in a behind-closed-doors game against Harrogate Town this afternoon.

Centre-back Jansson featured on international duty for Sweden prior to his wedding and O’Kane was part of the Republic of Ireland’s squad for a recent World Cup qualifier. Today’s match – the first of seven friendlies arranged by Leeds – was originally due to take place at Harrogate’s Wetherby Road stadium, but was switched to United’s training ground due to concerns about Town’s artificial pitch.

With Jansson and O’Kane back in the fold, new head coach Thomas Christiansen will have most of his senior players available to face the National League North side.

Striker Chris Wood is on holiday in Barbados having been granted an extended break following his appearances for New Zealand at the Confederations Cup in Russia.

New Zealand’s final match took place on June 24 and Wood will link up with Christiansen’s squad next week, ahead of the club’s pre-season trip to Austria.

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