Leeds United v Aston Villa: Doubt over Ross McCormack as boss Steve Bruce plots path to ‘big league’

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce
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FORMER Leeds United striker Ross McCormack is an injury doubt for Aston Villa ahead of Saturday night’s Championship showdown at Elland Road – a game visiting boss Steve Bruce says should be “in the big league.”

McCormack left Leeds for Fulham in 2014 but joined Villa in the summer and looked on course to make a third appearance at Elland Road for the opposing side after two outings with Fulham.

INJURY DOUBT: Aston Villa's Ross McCormack.

INJURY DOUBT: Aston Villa's Ross McCormack.

But the 30-year-old striker is still recovering from an ankle injury, with Villa also likely to be without centre-back Nathan Baker who is struggling with a groin problem.

Villa boss Bruce has been impressed with both Leeds and their head coach Garry Monk this season, saying: “I saw them against Liverpool and they are a very, very good side. We look at Leeds – with the history and the tradition and the support they have got – they have got a wonderful support.

“Leeds versus Aston Villa, for me, should be in the big league – but we’re not. But there will be no disputing that it should be a great game.

“Both teams are in form, both teams are bang at it and it should be a very, very good game of football.”

Hailing the attributes of Monk, Bruce added: “He is a very bright, articulate, young manager and one to look out for in the future. He’s certainly got Leeds at it.”

“I was really impressed with them against Liverpool the other night - it could have gone either way and it will be a tough challenge.

“They are in the top six and Garry’s done a wonderful job.”

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