SOCCEROOS skipper Mile Jedinak will not be part of the two make-or-break World Cup Qualifiers against Japan or Thailand.
The Aston Villa midfielder had been included in Ange Postecoglou’s preliminary 30-man squad for the final two matches in Group B qualifying for Russia 2018, but has failed to recover from a groin injury that also saw him miss the Confederations Cup.
He is due to return to the pitch with his Championship club this week, but it is too late to be thrown into the furnace of the World Cup qualifier cauldron.
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“We’ve missed Jedinak and his personality,” Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce said this week.
“He is one of them who leads by example.”
The midfielder is the biggest name on the list of seven cut from last week’s list, joining Aziz Behich, Adam Federici, Ajdin…