Kruse succumbs to knee injury following horror tackle

Socceroos and Bayer Leverkusen flyer Robbie Kruse has succumbed to a further medial ligament injury following a horror tackle against Jordan on Tuesday.

The Australian was the victim of a horrific tackle by Jordanian player Yousef Ahmad Al-Rawashdeh during the recent 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Middle Eastern nation.

The 27-year-old had featured off the bench in recent games for the German side but will now face a likely short spell on the sidelines.

Bayer manager Roger Schmidt expressed his dismay to the official Bayer Leverkusen website, however believed Kruse was lucky to have not injured himself further following the wayward challenge.

"Robbie has a slight ligament strain. If you have seen the challenge, I have to say fortunately it is not worse," Schmidt told

Kruse has only recently recovered following a long lay-off with injury that marred a loan spell at Stuttgart, and had worked hard to get back into contention at Bayer Arena.

The video below shows the tackle that is believed to have caused the injury.