Rehab Roo Robbie Kruse returns to training

Injured Australian Footballer of the Year Robbie Kruse has returned to Bayer Leverkusen training following the summer break in another key milestone on his road to recovery.

Kruse ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in mid-January, forcing him to miss the remainder of the Bundesliga season and the 2014 World Cup.

The 25-year-old forward underwent more than three months of rehabilitation and returned to minor training in May.

Leverkusen commenced training this week under new boss Roger Schmidt following the summer break and Kruse made his first appearance at the BayArena on Tuesday.

Kruse was restricted to one-on-one work with Leverkusen head of rehab Carsten Rademacher, training away from the main group.

“He has been working hard on his comeback over the past few months,” read the Leverkusen website.

“Robbie Kruse’s return to the training ground marks another important step on the road to full recovery.”

Kruse, who was a key part of Australia’s successful 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, has previously said he hopes to return to playing in August.

The former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory man looms as a key figure at the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia.



Although 1 man doesn't make a team, you know we could have won the WC with Robbie Kruse. Then we'd pick our best and with Oar then dropped for being nervous, we could have had Leckie on one side, Kruse on the other and King Cahill in the middle. Kruse would have caused havoc to Chile, Holland and we could have won both those games. We sure had enough chances to win both games. Robbie wouldn't have been so nervous like Tommy Oar, even though we like Oar.
Anyway, waiting excitedly for next Roos game. Hopefully a friendly against whoever wins the world cup, perhaps Costa Rica who we beat recently 1-0 ?
Craig Foster says we can reach the top 2 within 32 years 2046 if we start immediately !
I say we'll be the best in the world by the end of 2014. Once Kruse, Williams and the others get back and we get more experience with our backline together.

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