Mile Jedinak, in only his second start of the season for Aston Villa, had to be substituted 26 minutes into the 2-0 win against Ipswich Town on Saturday.
Talking after the game, Steve Bruce told the Birmingham Mail that it was a shoulder injury rather than another groin injury.
“We don’t know how bad it is but for him to come off with a shoulder injury means there’s something wrong,” Bruce admitted before revealing, “that’s a disappointment to us and we hope it’s not too bad.”
The 33-year-old has struggled to feature this season due to a persistent groin injury, making only five appearances in the Championship for the Villans.
Jedinak joins a long list of injury concerns for Aston Villa with John Terry ruled out until 2018, Jonathan Kodija potentially requiring surgery that will keep him out for the season along with Andre Green, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Scott Hogan also being ruled out.
The negative news for the 33-year-old comes on the back of a positive time for him, at international level at least – the midfielder scored a sensational hat-trick recently to help Australia qualify for the World Cup.
However, the positivity continued for Aston Villa as even with Jedinak off the field, the Villans were able to win 2-0 to go fourth in the league.
Saturday’s win means Bruce’s team are now six points clear of Middlesbrough, who sit just outside the play-offs.
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