Potential Australia Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak is confident that he can overcome a groin injury and be fully fit for the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil next month.
Jedinak was one of the first players picked in Ange Postecoglou’s squad for the 2014 World Cup that was released this morning, but sent a scare through the Australian camp when he suffered an injury in Crystal Palace’s 2-2 draw with Fulham on the final day of the 2013/2014 English Premier League season.
The Crystal Place captain was substituted in the 59th minute of the clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage on Monday morning, meaning that he narrowly missed out on playing every minute of his sides Premier League campaign, but Jedinak told News Limited that he does not believe the issue will keep him out of Australia’s opening 2014 FIFA World Cup clash with Chile at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba on June 13.
“It’s a little bit sore and it’s going to mean I miss a couple of weeks or so, but I just got the scan results back and honestly the news is probably as good as I could have hoped for,” Jedinak said.
“The doctors say I’m looking at two to three weeks, so I have to concentrate now on doing everything in my power to be ready in that timeframe.
“I’m definitely coming back to Australia at some point in the next couple of weeks, the club and the national team staff are just working out the details now of exactly what the rehab will be.”
Jedinak has developed into one of Australia’s finest football players in the past four years and was pivotal to the success of Crystal Palace in the Premier League season; leading the Eagles to an 11th place finish after they were favourites to be relegated at the start of the season.
The 29-year-old made more tackles and interceptions than any other player in the Premier League this season and received plaudits for his leadership ability, which is expected to see him replace Lucas Neill as the long-term captain of the Australian National Team.
The announcement of the Australian squad has not led to their 2014 World Cup odds shortening and they are still available at the lengthy quote of $501 in the betting market at Ladbrokes Australia; with Brazil ($3.85) clear favourites from South American rivals Argentina ($5.75), the consistent Germany ($6.50) and defending champions Spain ($8).