Sweden manager Janne Andersson has told Sportbladet he doesn’t expect to have Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson available to him when his side face Russia later this month.
The Leeds United has started his country’s last two games, but due to his partner being on the verge of giving birth it’s expected he will miss the crucial UEFA Nations League tie next week.
Asked about Jansson missing the next two internationals, along with Albin Ekdal (also expecting a baby), Andersson said: “It’s quite hard to see. I was talking to both yesterday. It’s quite tight so we’ll see. It’s their first child and then they usually go a little longer. It’s my experience, I have two daughters who had children last year.”
Jansson has established himself as a key squad member under Andersson, helped by the defender’s performances since signing for Leeds United from Torino in 2016.
The 27 year old played his part in Sweden getting to last summer’s World Cup quarter finals, starting the opening game against South Korea.
With Andersson’s side losing their first UEFA Nations League match against Turkey last month they will be looking to get something out of the game against Russia, but it seems like they’ll have to do it without the Leeds United star.