By Danny Wright
Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak has been ruled out of Australia’s Confederations Cup campaign through injury.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the 32-year-old has suffered a recurrence of a groin injury that hampered his debut season at Villa Park in the Socceroos’ 3-2 World Cup qualifying win against Saudi Arabia last week.
As a result, Australia manager Ange Postecoglou has been forced to make the senior Villa man sit out of the friendly loss to Brazil on Tuesday and ultimately the 2017 Confederations Cup, which kicks off in Russia this weekend.
Jedinak is understandably gutted to miss out on the tournament, in what is no doubt a major blow for him.
However it is understood that he should be able to return to Aston Villa duty in time for the beginning of pre-season training.
“I’m disappointed to miss the Confederations Cup as it’s something we have been looking forward to and working towards since we won the Asian Cup,” Jedinak said, as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“But we have some crucial games coming up over the next 12 months leading into the World Cup which I need to be fit and firing for.”
Jedinak proved to be a vital part in Steve Bruce’s Villa side this season as they endured a difficult start to life in the Championship.
The 70-times Australia international, who was expected to captain his nation in Russia, made 34 appearances across all competitions for the Villains as both a defensive midfielder and a makeshift centre-back.
Australia face a tough group in the Confederations Cup this month.
They line up in Group B alongside Germany, Chile and Cameroon and begin their campaign against the 2014 World Cup winners on Monday.
In other Aston Villa news, the club are set to reignite their interested in this Premier League winger.