Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak is set for a stint on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury at Crystal Palace training on Thursday morning.
The Premier League club confirmed the midfielder rolled his ankle during the session and will miss Sunday morning’s (AEDT) clash against Southhampton.
Jedinak has struggled to nail down a spot in Palace’s starting line-up this season with French playmaker Yohan Cabaye often preferred in the centre of the park.
But the 32 year-old was impressive in a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday morning (AEST), playing 90 minutes in his first start of the Premier League season.
Eagles manager Alan Pardew admitted Jedinak’s concern was a blow but was quick to hail the Socceroo’s standing within the club.
"We've had an injury, a fresh injury," Pardew told cpfc.co.uk. "Mile rolled his ankle in training, so he'll miss this game.
"Mile is a legend at this football club. It was important that he got into the team and he did well [on Monday]. He does a certain job that we need at certain times. He would like to play more games, of course, and unfortunately that injuries going to hamper him on that."