Mitch Langerak sidelined until 2016

Socceroos goalkeeper Mitch Langerak is unlikely to return to action until the new year as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

The 27-year-old VfB Stuttgart custodian underwent surgery in late August after a cyst developed on the back of his knee, following a minor thigh tear.

Stuttgart said Langerak would miss six-to-eight weeks following surgery, but FourFourTwo understands the ex-Melbourne Victory man’s recovery has become complicated and not gone as well as hoped.

Langerak, who moved to Stuttgart from Borussia Dortmund in the off-season, has only recently returned to individual training on the football field.

In more positive news, Langerak’s Australian club team-mate Robbie Kruse is set to return to action in Saturday’s clash with Augsburg after a hamstring injury.

Kruse got through 73 minutes in last week’s friendly match against FC Schaffhausen, having not played competitively since September 12.

It is understood Kruse was close to returning in Stuttgart’s final game prior to the international break against Bayern Munich, but the club erred on the side of caution.