Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has been ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Leicester after returning from Asian Cup duty with an ankle injury.
Jedinak helped the Socceroos claim the Asian Cup title on home soil and played the full 120 minutes as Australia needed extra time to see off South Korea 2-1 in the final.
The 30-year-old midfielder has not featured for Palace since Pardew took charge of the club at the start of January due to his international commitments, and the manager has now confirmed he won’t be able to line up at Leicester this weekend.
“He has a very sore ankle,” Pardew is quoted as saying in the London Evening Standard. “That is disappointing for us. We will have to see how that progresses over the next three or four days.”
Pardew will be keen for the Palace captain to return in time for the visit of his former side Newcastle on Wednesday.
The Eagles suffered a first defeat since Pardew took charge last time out as they slumped to a 1-0 loss at home to Everton, ending a four match winning streak.
Palace are 3.04 to take all three points on Saturday, a win for the Foxes is available at 2.36 and a draw can be backed at 3.15.
Pardew also confirmed January arrival Keshi Anderson, 19, will travel with the squad this weekend after his switch from non-league Barton Rovers, but it remains to be seen as to whether he will get his first taste of Premier League action.
“It will be good experience for him to come and see what goes on,” he added. “He trained with us today and have I put him in the squad.”