Kruse: Loan move back on the radar

Socceroo attacker Robbie Kruse is considering seeking a loan move in the new year as he targets more regular club football.

Kruse has found it difficult breaking back into the Bayer Leverkusen after recovering from an ACL injury he suffered in January.

The 26-year old made his first appearance for the German club this season in a 2-2 draw with SC Paderborn in October.

But Kruse has played just three more games for Leverkusen since then, with the club sitting in fourth spot in the Bundesliga and in top spot in its Champions League group.

“It’s been difficult,” he admitted to FourFourTwo.

“Obviously we’re a very strong team in Germany and in Europe. In our Champions League group we’re top of the group and we look like we’ll going through on top.

“And then also in the league we’re a top three team so it’s been difficult. At the moment there’s a lot of players in front of me who haven’t been injured and who started the season excellently so it’s going to be difficult but if I think I keep working hard I’ll get my chance.

“I’ll reassess in the winter – obviously I’ll want to be playing. Hopefully after a good Asian Cup I’ll have a few options. If it doesn’t work at Leverkusen then I’ll look to play somewhere else.”

Kruse joined Leverkusen in 2013 from Fortuna Dusseldorf on a three-year deal. The Bundesliga breaks for winter from December 20 to January 31.

“If things don’t change I’ll look to go on loan,” Kruse said.

“I was close to going on loan in the summer but there’s a lot of things that you have to take into account.

“Because of my injury, because I wasn’t training back with the team until right at the end of the transfer window so it made it very difficult.

“Up until the last day I almost had a move but it wasn’t to be. That’s OK, it’s probably better for me to stay here until the winter because the staff and everyone knew my situation and I didn’t want to take a risk with the knee.

“Now everything‘s 100% and I’m fit and good.”

Kruse said he missed the feeling of being able to play every week.

“I was in such a good space before my injury at Leverkusen and it was difficult and disappointing, along with the national team,” he said. “I’m trying to get back to where I was before.”

The forward said his body felt good after the long lay-off and making his return to the Socceroos for friendlies against Japan, Qatar and the UAE.

Kruse said he opted to stay in Germany after his injury to concentrate on his recovery.

“It’s going to take a lot more time and a lot more games to get back to where I was before my injury,” he said.

“But I’m feeling very, very good and feeling very strong so hopefully I can keep progressing in a positive manner.”