Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has withdrawn from the Sweden squad with a foot problem in the latest injury worry for the Elland Road club.
Jansson will miss Sweden’s Nations League games against Turkey and Russia during the coming fortnight with damage suffered in Leeds’ 4-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
The centre-back was hurt during the second half in a challenge on West Brom’s Harvey Barnes but saw out the game after receiving treatment.
He travelled back to Sweden over the weekend and was due to join up with their squad in Stockholm today ahead of a match in Turkey on Saturday but a lack of fitness has forced him to return to Thorp Arch for assessments.
His withdrawal was confirmed by Sweden’s Football Association this afternoon.
United have just under two weeks until their next Championship match at home to Bristol City and the club have yet to confirm the severity of his injury but Jansson’s fitness is another concern in an area of the squad where Leeds are already short of players.
Defender Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi are both out until the new year with knee and hamstring problems respectively and Tom Pearce missed Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at West Brom with a bruised metatarsal.
Bielsa named Under-23s full-back Leif Davis on the bench at The Hawthorns to provide defensive cover.