Is Jedinak's latest injury blow really a problem for Aston Villa?

Che Adams of Birmingham City is tackled by Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on April 23, 2017 in...

The Aston Villa midfielder has a shoulder injury but Steve Bruce's side have done well without him thus far.

Cheikh Ndoye of Birmingham and Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrews (stadium) on October 29,...

Aston Villa fans will have been disappointed to see Mile Jedinak leave the pitch just 26 minutes into their Championship clash against Ipswich Town on Saturday, but do Steve Bruce's side really need the Australia international?

After all, Villa coped brilliantly during Jedinak's earlier absence, surging up the table and ensuring that, when he did finally return to full fitness, he was a bit-part player at best.

Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa holds off Tom Cairney of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

John Terry's injury and the decision to rest Chris Samba saw Jedinak start at centre-back on Saturday, but the simple fact is Villa do not need the 33-year-old the way they might have previously.

With Glenn Whelan and Conor Hourihane excelling in the centre of the park and Samba proving his doubters wrong alongside James Chester, Villa will be hoping they can continue to impressive promotion push even with Jedinak facing another spell on the side-lines.

Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa and Max Power of Wigan Athletic in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic at Villa Park on December 10, 2016 in...

It is an indication of just how far Villa have come under Bruce and is testament to how some of their much-maligned players have upped their game accordingly.

That is not to say Jedinak will not have a major role to play in the future, especially at the business end of the campaign. Yet Villa's form without him shows they can now cope even when injury strikes some of their most experienced stars.

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