Kruse and Williams recalled after disappointing loan spells

Socceroos Robbie Kruse and Rhys Williams have been recalled by their parent clubs after unsuccessful loan stints although the former could be set for immediate game-time.

Kruse was hailed as “a great addition” by Bayer Leverkusen general manager Jonas Boldt who hinted he could be set for immediate game-time after he was recalled by the Bundesliga club from VfB Stuttgart overnight.

The 27-year-old only managed four appearances for Stuttgart after joining the club at the start of the season on a season-long loan following a long-term Achilles injury.

Kruse’s campaign with the Swabians has been dogged by injuries, his latest issue being an inflamed toe, meaning he hasn’t played since mid-December.

Stuttgart sporting director Robin Dutt said: "Robbie was only very rarely in the position to display his great potential during his time in Stuttgart. 

“Now the opportunity has arisen for him to make a premature return to Bayer Leverkusen. 

“We’d like to thank Robbie for his efforts at VfB and wish him all the very best for his future.”

On the flipside, Leverkusen were excited to have the 2012-13 Harry Kewell medallist back and hinted at immediate game time.

“A great addition to our squad. VfB were keen to sign the player who often demonstrated his ability at Leverkusen,” Boldt said.

“Robbie’s pace and skill is a perfect fit for our system. It gives us another attacking option which could prove to be very important given the busy period of fixtures ahead of us.”

Kruse had made five appearances for Leverkusen early in the season, before joining Stuttgart on loan at the end of August.

Meanwhile, Charlton Athletic confirmed that Australian defender Rhys Williams had returned to Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough after a one-month loan spell.

Williams had aimed to use the loan to win game-time after his own long-term Achilles problems, but only made four appearances.

The defender’s last appearance was in a 6-0 loss to Hull City, where he was guilty of a few crucial errors, leading to his omission by new Charlton boss Jose Riga.