Socceroo Jedinak's injury improving
Mile Jedinak's chances of playing a role for the Socceroos in their crunch World Cup qualifier against Jordan next week have taken a big upward swing.
Jedinak, who missed the 1-1 draw with Japan because of a rolled ankle sustained playing in English club's Crystal Palace's Premier League playoff win, has trained fully with the Socceroos in Melbourne.
The defensive midfielder is also expected to take part in their Friday afternoon session in Melbourne ahead of the Jordan clash at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Teammate Mark Bresciano says Jedinak's return to full training is great news, ensuring the Socceroos have nearly all available depth going into a match they must win to stay on track for World Cup qualification.
"Mile Jedinak is a very good chance to come back - he had his first session with us last night," Bresciano said on Friday.
"His injury has come up very well, and it's a positive for the team. To have all players ready to go, regardless of who's playing, is very important."
Jedinak was replaced by Melbourne Victory midfielder Mark Milligan for the Japan game, and Milligan excelled - making it no certainty that the Crystal Palace player would win a starting side recall even if fully fit.
The Socceroos sit third in Group B, needing to win both their remaining qualifiers to guarantee a top two finish and automatic qualification for Brazil.
Third place would mean they would have to win further playoffs against Asian and South American opposition to get to the 2014 World Cup.
Bresciano was among several Socceroos who spent their morning visiting inner-Melbourne school Carlton Gardens Primary, handing out certificates at the school assembly and giving soccer tips to youngsters.