Aston Villa boost as key signing set for debut v Bristol City
By Will Butcher
New Aston Villa signing Mile Jedinak is set to make his belated debut for the Midlands side, after his work permit issues were resolved.
The Birmingham Mail have reported that Jedinak has finally been given clearance to play, despite putting pen to paper on a three-year deal last week.
The news was confirmed on Aston Villa’s official Twitter page on Thursday.
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The 32-year-old was prevented from playing in Saturday’s tea-time kick-off against Derby, which ended in a 0-0 stalemate.
However, the 64-time capped Socceroo is now available to make his debut for Roberto Di Matteo’s side, who face Bristol City on Saturday.
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Jedinak, who has had spells in Australia and Turkey, has been handed the number 25 shirt which was vacated by Spaniard Carles Gil. The attacking midfielder has signed for La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna on loan.
Jedinak became the club’s seventh signing of the summer as Di Matteo adds another player to strengthen the spine of his team.
Villa have also signed James Chester, Ross McCormack, Ritchie De Laet, Pierluigi Gollini, Aaron Tshibola and Tommy Elphick on long-term contracts, with supporters praising the work of manager Di Matteo and club owner Tony Xia in recent weeks.
Jedinak will now compete for a first-team spot with Ashley Westwood, Gary Gardner and Aaron Tshibola, with all three featuring so far this season.
In other Aston Villa team news, Twitter friendly Villa chief Tony Xia has explained why this defender has been barred from leaving Villa Park.