By Russell Edge

16th Dec, 2017 | 8:13pm

Report: Aston Villa attacker set for major medical procedure after devastating injury blow

Aston Villa attacker Ross McCormack is set to undergo surgery on a serious knee injury suffered while on loan at Australian club Melbourne City, according to a report.

Melbourne based publication the Herald Sun claim on their website that the 31-year-old has been hit with a devastating injury blow which is set to rule him out for eight months, with major knee reconstruction surgery set to take place to fix what is suspected to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The report states that the former Leeds United star is set to undergo further scans on Sunday, after having been forced off in Melbourne’s 3-1 defeat to Sydney FC on Friday after just 30 minutes following an awkward landing from a jump.

The Scottish attacker joined the Australian side from Villa in September, having made just two League Cup appearances for the Birmingham-based club before his departure, and has gone on to score seven goals in 10 appearances in the A-League.

If the report is correct, then McCormack’s injury will keep him out of the entirety of the rest of the current Championship campaign as well as the summer break and even the start of the 2018/19 season.

He has scored just three times in 24 appearances for Villa, having joined in a £12million move from Fulham in the January market of 2016, and spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest after failing to establish himself at the club.

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