Date: 11th July 2018 at 8:40am
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Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack was back amongst the headlines yesterday – no he hasn’t done anything or found himself surrounded by fast-growing picket fences – it was simply in relation to news that there appears to be no way back for him under Steve Bruce as he is not with us out at our training camp in Portugal and it seems Bruce has discovered Paul Lambert’s diary and wants to try out the tactic called ‘bomb squad’.

The Birmingham Mail were one of many to pick the news up as the day ticked by.

Having tried previously to reintegrate McCormack with the first-team squad after previous off-pitch issues where the two clearly had a bust-up, there are no further chances and he’s been left at home to train alone.

Having had a great scoring loan spell out at Melbourne City last season as we got him out of our hair a little, he never returned to the first-team and there was some unfounded speculation that he wasn’t even to be seen at Bodymoor Heath from memory – his last appearance came in the EFL Cup loss to Middlesbrough in mid-September and even then he was only a substitute.

He turns 32-years-old next month and he’s clearly available for transfer as we look to recoup some cash and save on wages – but we’re going to take a massive hit on him one way or another as he still has two years remaining on his original contract.

Bruce might not know what to do with him, McCormack might be out of ideas himself – Villa fans aren’t and nobody seems immune from the flak – some opposition fans offered their thoughts as well.

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