By Danny Wright
Steve Bruce has confirmed that Mile Jedinak will not be available for selection for Aston Villa’s clash with Nottingham Forest on Saturday as Championship action resumes.
Jedinak, 33, has just 45 minutes of football under his belt this season due to different injury problems, but his latest groin issue has meant that he will now miss the meeting with Forest at Villa Park this weekend.
Aston Villa boss Bruce has made it clear that although the Australian midfielder is “feeling better” he has been indirectly quoted by the club’s official Twitter account as ruling him out of contention for the match.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) September 22, 2017
Jedinak was a key player in Aston Villa’s revival last season after he returned from injury to play in the holding midfield role and at times at centre-back alongside James Chester.
The former Crystal Palace ace has made 35 appearances across all competitions since his move from Selhurst Park last summer and he would surely be a welcome addition back into the Villains squad after a turbulent start to this campaign.
When the Aussie is back to full fitness, it’s likely that he will replace the out-of-sorts Glenn Whelan in the heart of Bruce’s formation.
The Republic of Ireland signed from Stoke in the summer and is yet to impress the majority of the Villa Park faithful due to his lacklustre displays in the centre of the park.
In other Aston Villa news, the club has had another double injury blow confirmed for this weekend’s encounter.