Asian Cup may prompt Kruse loan move

Socceroo Robbie Kruse may reportedly look for a loan move away from Bayer Leverkusen as he strives to make Australia’s 2015 Asian Cup squad.

Kruse is on the road to recovery following an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee which sidelined him for seven months, forcing him to miss the 2014 World Cup.

German football website Kicker reports that competition for places in Leverkusen’s impressive attack may lead Kruse to explore his options on loan.

Kruse is a key player for the Socceroos, having rose to prominence during the World Cup qualifying campaign, during which he won Australia’s Footballer of the Year in November 2013 before suffering the knee injury in January.

The 25-year-old returned to action for the first time late last month when he played 12 minutes off the bench in Leverkusen’s 1-1 draw with Alemannia Aachen in pre-season.

Upon his return, Kruse told the club’s website: “It felt good. Of course, I was careful but it was a good first step.”

Kruse missed the club’s midweek clash against FC Seoul in South Korea and remains some way off being fully fit.

Leverkusen are coached by Roger Schmidt this season, following the sacking of Sami Hyypia who brought Kruse to the BayArena.

The German outfit, which will compete in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, boast the likes of Stefan Kiessling, Son Heung-Min, Julian Brandt and Josip Drmic in attack.