Mile Jedinak of the Socceroos.
Mile Jedinak of the Socceroos.

Gamble in Jedi’s miracle return, Ryan in PL Top 10

FOOTBALL: The skipper is back, Rogic absence explained and Ryan into the top 10 of his own.

Here's what you need to know about our intrepid Socceroos this week in Roo Radar.


Mile Jedinak was tipped to be out for as long as three months with a shoulder injury suffered last month.

He missed two games.

A reminder: never write off the Socceroos skipper.

The midfielder was thrust back into Aston Villa's XI by a desperate Steve Bruce for a clash against Derby County - and the Australian was deployed at centre-back, saving an injury crisis which includes John Terry being absent.

The gamble didn't quite come off, with the Villains suffering a disappointing 2-0 defeat. Although the selection caused a bit of debate amongst Villa fans, it is a sign of Bruce's faith in the grizzled veteran that he was chosen ahead of 30-year-old Tommy Elphick to partner James Chester despite being underdone with injury.

Mile Jedinak playing for Aston Villa vs Derby County.
Mile Jedinak playing for Aston Villa vs Derby County.


Tom Rogic's prolonged absence for Celtic can now be explained, with Brendan Rodgers revealing the playmaker is out until the new year with a knee injury.

"We've had to manage the squad since July and the players have coped brilliantly," Rodgers said.

"We've rotated without losing the rhythm in the team.

"It's a very busy schedule for everyone in December and that's when the squad comes in."

Celtic's Tom Rogic.
Celtic's Tom Rogic.


It isn't just us here in Australia keeping a close eye on the exploits of our two Socceroos in the Premier League.

UK football scribe Darren Lewis, from The Mirror, told Fox Sports' Shootout program that Aaron Mooy's leadership is helping create a Huddersfield miracle.

"(The win was) one for the ages" the last time Huddersfield won away from home in the top flight scoring as many goals, Winston Churchill was still the Prime Minister of the UK," Lewis said.

"I think as far as Mooy is concerned, his leadership and inspiration are key to what Huddersfield's doing.

"If you guys are going to do something at the world cup, this guy's going to be at the centre of it. He's a wonderful footballer but he leads by example as well.

"(On) Huddersfield, lots of people over here in the UK had them to go down as one of the three worst teams in the Premier league. They're holding their own at the moment - they need 12 wins, says David Wagner, to stay up. They've got six already."

On a big day for Australia in the Premier League, Ryan was world class to help Brighton and Hove Albion to a point with Burnley.

The custodian, who bossed a club fan site's November player of the month poll with a resounding 67 per cent of the vote, has grown into his gloves at Premier League level.

According to statistics matrix Squawka, the No.1 has crept into the Top 10 goalkeepers this season in terms of a performance score comprising a number of key indicators.

Manchester City's impressive stopper Ederson unsurprisingly tops the charts, ahead of: Nick Pope (Burnley), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Hugo Lloris (Spurs), David de Gea (Manchester United), Petr Cech (Arsenal), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Kasper Schemichel (Leicester) and Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth). It's some serious goalkeeping company to keep.

Meanwhile, the goalkeeper has backed his former mentor from Central Coast Mariners, Graham Arnold, to take over the national team.

"Part of being a footballer is being adaptable to teams you're facing and adaptable to whatever coach," Ryan told Omnisport.

"We will buy into it regardless of the coach. I have a lot of respect for Arnie.

"He's definitely someone I would love to be representing Australia under. I think Arnie would do a great job for Australia."


Bristol City skipper Bailey Wright played his part in a poignant tribute from both his side, and Nottingham Forest, as they remembered eight-year-old fan Benjamin Pritchard, who tragically lost his battle with cancer.

Both sides warmed up in t-shirts in his memory, with Ben 8 on them.


Bailey Wright pays tribute to Ben.
Bailey Wright pays tribute to Ben.


All of the Australians played full matches in the Championship this weekend; Jackson Irvine's Hull were edged out by Cardiff but James Meredith's Millwall and Massimo Luongo's QPR both enjoyed 2-1 wins Middlesbrough and Birmingham City.

In Europe, there was game time for the likes of Danny Vukovic, James Jeggo, Craig Goodwin, Tomi Juric and even 90 minutes for Tommy Oar in Cyprus with APOEL.

Mathew Leckie and Jamie Maclaren had to be content with minutes off the bench for Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga (won 3-1 over Hannover 96) and Darmstadt in 2.Bundesliga (1-1 with Greuther Furth).

Kwame Yeboah.
Kwame Yeboah.

Interestingly, former Brisbane Roar flyer Kwame Yeboah was on the bench for Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach. He didn't see minutes this time in the 1-0 loss to Freiburg, but it was a very positive development for the 23-year-old.

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