By Danny Wright
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he was pleased with the decision for Mile Jedinak to miss international duties with Australia in the last week to focus on his rehabilitation in England.
Jedinak, 33, has made just one appearance for the Villains this term due to his on-going injury woes, but Bruce is hopeful that he can return to action sooner rather than later.
The senior player missed Australia’s World Cup qualifier play-off win Syria on Tuesday with a view to him potentially playing in a West Midlands derby on Saturday when Aston Villa travel to high-flying Wolves.
Although it is unlikely that he will take part, Bruce has revealed that his recovery has stepped up over the international break.
“He was not quite right so I think common sense has prevailed,” said Bruce, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“Rather than flying him all the way around the world, he stayed here.
“He is making big strides.”
Jedinak was a key player for the Villains last season as he played a crucial role in the holding midfield role, as well as in the centre of defence.
The ex-Crystal Palace ace has made a total of 35 appearances for Villa since signing, although just one of them has come this season when he played 45 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough last month.
Villa can move within a point of Wolves on Saturday with a win and can potentially go as high as third in the Championship table.
In other Aston Villa news, it has been confirmed that this striker has penned a new contract with the club.