By Russell Edge

17th Dec, 2017 | 8:13am

Report: Aston Villa forward handed major boost after devastating injury scare

Aston Villa forward Ross McCormack has been cleared of suffering any injury to his anterior cruciate ligament after scans while on loan with Melbourne City, according to a report.

The Sydney Morning Herald claim on their website that the 31-year-old underwent a medical assessment on Sunday over fears he had suffered a devastating injury blow, but the results were as positive as possible.

The Herald Sun had reported on Saturday that the Scottish forward was feared to have torn his knee ligament and was set for a spell on the sidelines for up to eight months, which would have seen him miss not only the current season but the start of the next campaign as well.

It is said McCormack is now set to undergo further examinations to determine the exact cause and damage of his injury, but it will come as a major boost to the player that it is not as bad as first feared.

He joined the Australian side from Villa on a season-long loan spell back in September, having made just two League Cup appearances this season prior to his departure, and has gone on to establish himself as a star in the A-League, netting seven goals in 10 appearances.

He scored just three times in 24 appearances for Steve Bruce’s side since joining from Fulham in a £12million deal in 2016, and has also spent time on loan to Nottingham Forest in recent seasons.

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