Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has offered an update on Mile Jedinak’s injury, revealing he could be miss up to 12 weeks at worst.
The Socceroos captain sustained a shoulder injury in his first start at club level for the season playing in a makeshift centre-back role.
The injury forced him off early in Villa’s 2-1 win over Ipswich Town at the weekend.
Bruce said the injury could see two extremes in terms of rehabilitation and return.
??? Injury update: Mile Jedinak advised to rest after seeing a specialist regarding his shoulder problem…
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“He (Jedinak) went to see a specialist in Manchester on Monday,” Bruce explained.
“He’s been advised to rest and see how it is in the next week to see if it starts to heal itself.
“If it does, we can let nature take its course and it could be six weeks then.
“If it doesn’t, then there will be an operation which will probably take the best part of 12 weeks.
“We hope the specialist is right and rest is sufficient. Then we could see him back in January.”
Jedinak had only just returned from the groin issue that sidelined him for much of 2017.
It saw him miss three Socceroos camps, including the Confederations Cup, as well as the beginning of the Championship season.
Jedinak returned to the national team fold in a blaze of glory in early November, playing a crucial role in Australia’s 3-1 aggregate win over Honduras.
The two-legged intercontinental play-off win saw the Socceroos through to their fourth consecutive World Cup.
Jedinak started both games and netted a hat-trick in leg two in Sydney.