Australia captain Mile Jedinak left out for qualifiers against Syria

Australia captain Mile Jedinak has been ruled out of the final 23-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Syria.

Jedinak, who has been struggling to get over a long-standing groin injury, was left out of the Aston Villa team against Burton Albion on Wednesday.

Mark Milligan or Tim Cahill will captain the side in Jedinak’s absence and Postecoglou admitted his presence would be missed.

“The plan was to qualify directly, but if we get four more pressure games it will do us a world of good,’’ Postecoglou said, as quoted by the Herald Sun.

“Syria are a good side, like most teams in Asia now. They’ll sit back and make it hard for us. Nothing will surprise us.

“I am confident that we have a group of players capable of achieving our goal of progressing to the next stage of qualification.”