Kruse set for Roos return

Robbie Kruse is among the Socceroos expected to return to the national team fold after long periods out when Ange Postecoglou names his Australia squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers on Wednesday.

Postecoglou will announce the squad via teleconference at 10am (AEST) on Wednesday, as he is currently in Kuala Lumpur for an AFC Coaching Conference.

Bayer Leverkusen attacker Kruse, Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic and Randers youngster Mustafa Amini are all in the mix to return to the Australia set-up for the matches against Bangladesh and Tajikistan in September.

Kruse hasn’t been part of the Socceroos set-up since the Asian Cup final where he suffered a long-term ankle injury.

The 26-year-old returned to competitive action as a substitute last weekend with Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal, winning his side a penalty, but was absent from Bundesliga action on Saturday.

Kruse is currently with his Leverkusen team-mates in Italy where they are due to face Lazio in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers overnight.

Meanwhile, Rogic hasn’t been part of the Australia squad since missing out on the final cut for the 2014 World Cup squad due to a groin injury which turned into a long-term problem.

Rogic hasn’t actually played for the Socceroos since March last year, but has enjoyed a positive return at Celtic including a goal last weekend.

Like Kruse, Rogic’s Celtic will be in action in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers in midweek too, set to face Malmo FF on Thursday morning (AEST).

Amini moved from Borussia Dortmund to Danish club Randers in the off-season and started well with his new club before a red card stalled his progress.

The 22-year-old is uncapped at senior level but was part of an extended Holger Osieck squad for a training camp in Germany way back in 2011.

Amini may instead be selected for the upcoming Olyroos clash with Turkey, ahead of a big nine months for the side with the January qualifiers in Qatar for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Adam Taggart has enjoyed a positive pre-season at Fulham, despite missing their opening two matches, but will likely be part of the Olyroos squad.

Josh Brillante has been linked with Serie B pair Cesena and Cagliari after battling for game-time in Italy but is also expected to be part of that Olyroos squad.

Injuries will rule Mitchell Langerak and Trent Sainsbury out of the squad too, while Massimo Luongo should return after missing the Kyrgyzstan clash due to a ankle problem.