The Socceroos will be without Mile Jedinak for the Confederations Cup. Photo:AAP
The Socceroos will be without Mile Jedinak for the Confederations Cup. Photo:AAP

Socceroos skipper ruled out of Confederations Cup

SOCCEROOS captain Mile Jedinak has been ruled out of 'super June', including the Confederations Cup in Russia.

The Aston Villa midfielder will be replaced by Austria-based anchorman James Jeggo.

Jedinak, 32, has been battling a groin strain in the last few months with Aston Villa and was not expected to last 90 minutes in last Thursday's World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia.

While Jedinak bravely battled through the Adelaide Oval clash, coach Ange Postecoglou decided it was best to wrap him in cotton wool to enable him to prepare for the new Championship season and the crucial next FIFA international window starting late August.

"Losing Mile is a blow as he's not only an important member of the midfield, but a great leader amongst the group," Postecoglou said.

"He's had a tough period since Christmas with his groin and we all agree it's in the best long-term interests of Mile and the Socceroos that he has a break."

While Aston Villa will expect Jedinak to report for pre-season, the bigger picture for the Socceroos is their final two World Cup qualifiers away to Japan and at home against Thailand on September 5.

"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.

"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 has already flown back to England to commence rehabilitation, with Mark Milligan, Massimo Luongo and Jackson Irvine among the contenders to replace him in the deep-lying midfield role.

Jeggo, 25, has been a regular with Sturm Graz and will join the squad in Russia on Thursday, along with Rosenborg's Alex Gersbach who replaced Bournemouth's Brad Smith (hamstring).

News Corp Australia


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