Stan Collymore offers his help to Aston Villa player: I am really concerned about him
By Harry Sykes
Stan Collymore has offered his help to Ross McCormack on Twitter following reports that the Aston Villa striker is battling personal demons.
The Telegraph claim the 30-year-old, who joined Nottingham Forest on loan in the January transfer window, has not been seen at the club’s training ground for three weeks due to “personal issues”.
It is said that McCormack had been struggling with an Achilles problem but has failed to report for treatment with either his current side or his parent club, and was recently spotted in Glasgow, 300 miles away from Forest’s training ground.
The Telegraph’s report does not specifically state that McCormack has mental health issues but there has been huge support on social media from Villa fans for the player on Wednesday.
High profile broadcaster and former Villa striker Collymore, who has been open about his own mental health problems, was asked on Twitter about his views on the Scotland international’s situation.
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He responded by stating it was a “real concern” and said he would be happy to provide “any help” to McCormack, while hoping the players’ trade union the Professional Football Association are also proving assistance.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) April 19, 2017
McCormack signed for Villa from Fulham for a then-Championship record of £12million last summer but struggled in the first half of the season and had a public bust-up with Steve Bruce in January after skipping training due to faulty gates at his mansion.
Nevertheless, fans of the Midlands giants have not been overly critical of the Scotland international on social media and have indeed expressed sympathy for him during what is clearly a troubled period.
Since his move to the City Ground, McCormack has played seven matches for the relegation-threatened side, and scored only one goal.
He has not featured in Mark Warburton’s match-day squad since the 2-2 draw with Derby on 18 March.
By contrast, he was prolific for Fulham last season, scoring 23 goals and supplying 11 assists from 49 matches in all competitions.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, talks are to get underway as a proven Premier League performer wants to join the Midlands club.