Benched Jedinak fights for Palace spot

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak has yet to win back his place in the Crystal Palace line-up since returning from the Asian Cup.

The Palace captain, fit again after minor ankle and knee injuries, was an unused substitute as the Eagles fell 2-1 to Arsenal at Selhurst Park on the weekend.

Jedinak was in Australia leading the Socceroos to Asian Cup glory when new manager Alan Pardew took over the reins at the Premier League club.

In a surprise move, Pardew opted for central midfield pairing of Jordon Mutch and Joe Ledley against the Gunners.

“It is what it is,” Jedinak told the London Evening Standard about the decision.

“The manager made a decision and you respect that. I feel great. I am looking to get back in as soon as possible. You support the boys 110 per cent and you can’t fault anyone’s effort against Arsenal.”

Jedinak, who has set his sights on a starting berth against West Ham on Saturday, had nothing but praise for Pardew’s relationship with the squad.

“We have had a little bit of time together now and it has been great,” he said. “The relationship he has with every player has been fantastic.”

Meanwhile Asian Cup hero Massimo Luongo is expected to line up for Swindon Town against Bradford City on Tuesday after recovering from a groin injury which sidelined him for two matches.

The midfielder’s return will be a welcome boost for the promotion-chasing League One side which coming off the back of three straight defeats.

Manager Mark Cooper said the in-demand 22-year-old trained as normal on the weekend.

“We didn’t get any problems on Saturday – Massimo will be back in the squad,” Cooper told Link Sport this morning.