Caption- Australia during training Action Images via Reuters / Ed Sykes

Asian champions Australia will be without captain Mile Jedinak for the Confederations Cup in Russia later this month after he aggravated a groin injury in a World Cup qualifier last week.

The 32-year-old Aston Villa defensive midfielder pulled up sore after the 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia in Adelaide last Thursday and will also miss Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Jedinak, who has scored 15 goals, mostly from the penalty spot, for Australia, will be replaced in Ange Postecoglou’s squad by uncapped Sturm Graz midfielder James Jeggo.

The Socceroos earned their place at the June 17-July 2 Confederations Cup by winning the Asian Cup in 2015 and will take on Germany, Cameroon and Chile in the group stage in Russia.

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

Australia’s win last week put them level on points with the Saudis and Japan in Asia’s World Cup qualifying Group B with two games remaining. Japan play their game in hand against Iraq on Tuesday.

The top two teams qualify automatically for next year’s World Cup in Russia, with the third-placed side going into a playoff.

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