Robbie Kruse returns after six months

Socceroo Robbie Kruse has returned to competitive action for the first time in more than six months in Bayer Leverkusen’s 3-0 DFB Pokal win overnight.

Kruse made an immediate impact as a 74th minute substitute, winning a penalty for Die Werkself in the victory over Sportfreunde Lotte.
 
The appearance was Kruse’s first for Leverkusen since mid-December, following a long-term ankle injury sustained in Australia’s triumphant Asian Cup final back in January.
 
Kruse also had a late chance to make it four, but could not convert. 
 
The Socceroo’s return was a major positive, following fresh reports this week he could leave Leverkusen due to a lack of opportunities. 
The 26-year-old’s comeback is also just a week out from the commencement of the Bundesliga campaign where Leverkusen begin at home against Hoffenheim on Saturday.
 
Leverkusen is also set for a crucial UEFA Champions League qualifier against Lazio, with the first leg on August 18.
 
Given the German club’s number of commitments, where they will compete in the Europa League at worst, opportunities could be readily forthcoming for Kruse.
 
Meanwhile, from a Socceroos perspective, next month's World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh (in Perth) and Tajikistan (in Dushanbe) may come too soon.
 
Kruse's injury history may mean Ange Postecoglou prefers to err on the side of caution with his talented attacker.
 
 

Through to the next round of the cup, with my bro @rh.13 #bayer04

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Aug 8, 2015 at 12:27pm PDT