Je­d­i­nak looks un­likely for next qual­i­fiers

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIAN cap­tain Mile Je­d­i­nak’s hopes of ap­pear­ing in a Soc­ceroos shirt for World Cup qual­i­fiers with Ja­pan and Thai­land ap­pear dashed.

Je­d­i­nak is still trou­bled by the same groin is­sue that ruled him out of June’s Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup. The mid­fielder, who turned 33 yes­ter­day, will miss As­ton Villa’s Cham­pi­onship sea­son- opener with Hull City this week­end.

Villa coach Steve Bruce con­firmed yes­ter­day the exCrys­tal Palace skip­per would be out for “a cou­ple of weeks”. A club state­ment said Je­d­i­nak was “in light train­ing but is still ap­prox­i­mately two weeks away from be­ing avail­able”.

Given Soc­ceroos coach Ange Postecoglou must name his squad at least two weeks be­fore the Au­gust 31 qual­i­fier with Ja­pan, Je­d­i­nak is in grave doubt of miss­ing the cut.

When Je­d­i­nak does re­turn to fit­ness he is ex­pected to fill a cru­cial role at club level. Villa are the favourites to be pro­moted to the English Pre­mier League this sea­son, hav­ing signed for­mer Eng­land cap­tain John Terry to bol­ster their ti­tle hopes.

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