Date: 13th December 2018 at 3:55pm
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Ross McCormack has returned from his loan spell at Central Coast Mariners to “check in with a specialist” after suffering a knee injury. The 32-year-old has spent the majority of the last 18 months in Australia with Melbourne City (September 2017 – January 2018) and the Mariners (September 2018 – present).

McCormack made 17 appearances for City, scoring 14 goals, and has notched one goal in five appearances for Central Coast. He suffered injury against Perth Glory on November 25 and was ruled out for a number of weeks, causing him to miss the Mariners’ last two A-League games against Sydney FC and Western Sydney.

Head coach Mike Mulvey revealed: “Ross McCormack is probably out for about four to five weeks, he’s tweaked his knee. We’ve decided to send Ross back to Aston Villa to check in with a specialist. We expect him back just before Christmas and the best situation we can see at this stage would be having Ross eligible for selection for our New Year’s Eve game against Perth Glory.”

The Scotland international hasn’t had the best start to life to his second stint in Australia, with only one goal to his name at the Central Coast Stadium and his latest injury is a setback too. Nevertheless, the club are confident that he’ll return to action in the coming weeks to get his season back on track.

McCormack’s contract at Villa Park is up in the summer of 2020 but his chances of playing for the Midlands club again appear slim. The striker, who has scored just three goals in 24 games, last featured for Villa against Middlesbrough on September 19.

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