Report details Aston Villa striker twist
By Aramide Oladipo
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has revealed that striker Ross McCormack could still have a future at Villa Park.
The Scottish striker moved to local rivals Nottingham Forest on loan in the January transfer window following a very public fallout with Steve Bruce.
McCormack wasn’t able to make a significant impact on Forest’s season as he only made seven appearances in the Championship, providing one assist and only scoring one goal, which came in the 5-1 defeat against Norwich at Carrow Road.
The striker’s campaign was cut short with his last game coming in March as he had to have surgery and he had been dealing with personal issues.
Speaking with the Birmingham Mail however, Bruce mentioned that there is a chance that McCormack can return to Aston Villa next season.
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“It’s been an awful 12 months for him which should have been the best 12 months of his career,” said the Villa boss.
He added: “He got a big move here and the rest is up to Ross to really, really grasp the situation he’s been given here.”
Bruce is planning on putting the striker on a gruelling summer fitness programme.
“If he abides by the rules, which I’m sure he will do, and respects that then we’ll do everything in our power to get him up and running again.
“If he does that and goes about his business the way it should be done then I’ll give him a chance.”
The decision to bring McCormack back into contention might have something to do with the injury to top goalscorer Jonathan Kodija.
The 27-year-old striker scored 19 goals in the Championship this season but he suffered an ankle injury last month that’s going to keep him sidelined for the start of next season and Villa will need some firepower up top.
McCormack has proved throughout his career that he is capable of scoring at this level and he showed this during his recent two year spell at Fulham where he scored 38 league goals in 89 appearances.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, this defender has reached an agreement with the club.