Crystal Palace boss on Mile Jedinak - 'We will miss him'

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Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak will miss January’s Premier League action whilst on international duty with Australia.

The 30-year-old is a key player at Selhurst Park, and he is currently in a rich vein of form, scoring in both of the Eagles last two games.

A central part of the Eagles’ promotion to the Premier League in 2013, he has gone on to make over 100 appearances for Neil Warnock’s men since his arrival from Turkey in 2011, being promoted to captain in 2012 with the long term absence of Paddy McCarthy. He was voted Player of the Season at Selhurst Park in 2013, and almost played every minute of Palace’s triumphant Premier League campaign the following season.

However, he is due to miss at least the first half of January with Australia - for whom he has represented 49 times - taking part in the Asian Cup. He is set to captain the Socceroos in the tournament, having been appointed to lead his country prior to the World Cup, and Palace boss Neil Warnock is worried about how his team will cope with the Australian’s absence.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, the 65-year-old said: "We will miss him.

"He is the leader of the camp. Everything on and off the field revolves around him.

"Mile has been able to push forward more than usual this season, too, and I think he can score more goals.

"There is the Africa Cup of Nations at about the same time, too, so it will be difficult for a lot of teams in the Premier League in January and February.”

A potential list of four other Palace players will be absent during the early months of 2015 due to the aforementioned African Cup of Nations, with Jimmy Kebe, Marouane Chamakh, Yannick Bolasie and Adlene Guedioura all internationals for their respective countries. Chamakh is the only confirmed absence, with Morocco already qualified due to their hosting of the tournament.

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