CRYSTAL Palace skipper Mile Jedinak may have shaved his beard off but has hinted it could make a return sooner than fans expect.
The 30-year-old decided it was time for a smooth finish after months of staying well clear of a razor blade, and he surprised his team-mates at the squad's Christmas outing in fancy dress last week.
"The beard has gone - I have my own reasons but it's nothing too drastic!," Jedinak joked.
"I just thought it was time for a bit of a change. Maybe when I return from Australia (for the Asian Cup tournament) I might give it another go.
"I was Batman for the Christmas do. That was nice to be part of away from the field with the boys.
"That team camaraderie, you could see it in full force. I won't say who had the best outfit though, we'll leave it at that!"
By Mark Ritson (Twitter @MR_LWMedia)