Aston Villa left Ross McCormack out of their squad this afternoon.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has told the Birmingham Mail that Ross McCormack won’t be picked until his attitude improves.

Villa endured a difficult afternoon as they hosted Preston North End, as whilst they went 2-0 up thanks to two first-half goals from Albert Adomah, they capitulated in the second half.

Aston Villa’s Ross McCormack

Jordan Hugill brought North End back into the game with a superb run and finish, before the striker headed home Aiden McGeady’s superb cross to level the score.

After being 2-0 up at half time, Villa threw their lead away and were left with just a point having been in a great position to win the game, leaving fans bitterly disappointed.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce looks dejected

Notably, Villa striker Ross McCormack – signed in a big-money deal from Fulham over the summer – was left out of the squad completely, amid rumours over his future at Villa Park.

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After the final whistle, manager Steve Bruce discussed the situation surrounding McCormack, who has notched just three goals and one assist in the Championship since joining Villa.

Bruce launched a stunning attack on the Scottish forward, telling the Birmingham Mail that McCormack isn’t fit enough to be playing right now, and wouldn’t be playing until he improves his attitude, particularly towards training.

“McCormack is, in my opinion, not fit enough to play. He won’t play unless his attitude towards training and missing training improves. If he continually keeps missing training then that’s going to be the situation. Not in 20 years of management have I gone down this route before. I only ask one thing of them, to turn up. He’s decided that the team has picked itself today,” he added.

The Mirror add that Bruce launched a furious tirade at McCormack’s house earlier this week when the striker stated that he was unable to attend training due to his electric gates being broken.

Bruce allegedly jumped over McCormack’s fence to read the riot act to the striker, and these latest revelations cast huge doubt over McCormack’s long-term future at Villa Park.

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