By Will Butcher
Australia captain Mile Jedinak may have to wait a little longer for his Aston Villa debut after picking up an injury while on international duty, according to a report.
The 32-year-old veteran was forced to pull out of the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday because of the knock.
The Birmingham Mail claim that the former Crystal Palace midfielder’s injury is not thought to be serious. The Socceroos were hoping he’d be available for the game on Tuesday but he failed a late fitness test.
Australia’s manager Ange Postecoglu had said that they would give him every chance to make the game.
“When we’re in camp we understand things even happen on game day where we need to change the line up,” said Postecoglu. “That’s happened in the past and no one’s even known about it.
“We’re hoping he’ll be OK but if he’s not then we’ll be able to bring in somebody else to do the job.”
Roberto Di Matteo will be fretting over the fitness of Jedinak, as the £4million signing was expected to start for the Midlands club on Saturday against Nottingham Forest.
Jedinak captained the Socceroos to an efficient 2-0 win against Iraq on home soil last week, and played the full 90 minutes.
He signed for the Championship side from Premier League outfit Palace in August after putting pen-to-paper on a three-year deal.
The combative midfielder brings with him a wealth of Premier League experience, playing in 90 top-flight encounters for the Eagles as well as making 64 national team appearances alongside the likes of Tim Cahill, Mathew Ryan and Brad Smith.
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