Nottingham Forest striker Ross McCormack is out for the rest of the season following surgery on a facial injury.
The striker has had a season threaded with problems following an Achilles injury earlier in the season, and now McCormack is ruled out for the rest of the season after having five cysts removed from his jaw.
McCormack has not trained with his on-loan Nottingham Forest side for the past three weeks, according to the Daily Mail, and requires an injection in his Achilles over the coming days.
The Scottish striker was a £12.5m signing from Fulham last summer but a fortnight ago endured a three-hour operation to remove a number of cysts which were caused by an infection in his mouth.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, McCormack said: “It’s been a freakish couple of weeks in what has been an abnormal season for me.
“Forest have been good with me. I wanted to help them but the doctors have advised that I avoid contact in training and rest up.
“I’m not used to seasons where I don’t play a lot of games and get my goals. I desperately want to get back to that. Obviously, the move to Villa didn’t start as nice as planned but hopefully I can get myself sorted and come back in the summer nice and fresh.
McCormack failed to report for training earlier this season, when he stated that the electric gates at his home were stuck, leading to a break from first team action and disagreement with Villa boss Steve Bruce.