Socceroos and Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak was given his marching orders this morning after receiving two yellow cards in the Eagles 3-1 loss to Sunderland.
The second bookable offence came with his side trailing by a goal with just four minutes remaining, after Jedinak got in a tangle with goal scorer Jordi Gomez.
The 30-year-old will now miss Crystal Palace's trip to Old Trafford, with his struggling side sitting just above the relegation zone on goal difference.
Palace started the contest at Selhurst Park brightly but went behind just after the half-hour mark when Steven Fletcher headed home.
An own-goal saw Neil Warnock’s side deservedly draw level but a fine strike from Gomez late in the second half saw the visitors regain the lead.
Fletcher sealed the result with his second goal in injury-time against a 10-man Palace outfit to hand Sunderland their first away win of the season.
Jedinak drew widespread plaudits last week for his performances so far this season, with his Opta data stats rating him as one of the form players in Europe.
No doubt his dismissal will see him come back to the field and with Socceroos skipper set to lead Australia in January's AFC Asian Cup he'll be desperate to get back on the pitch when Crystal Palace welcome Liverpool in the EPL on 23 November.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou will tomorrow announce his squad for the upcoming international against Japan. Log on to socceroos.com.au from 11am for the exclusive announcement!
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