Robbie Kruse has returned to Bundesliga action for the first time this year with an injury-time assist to earn Bayer Leverkusen a 2-2 draw with Paderborn on Saturday.
Kruse hadn’t played competitively since December 21 due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in training in January which forced him to miss the 2014 World Cup.
The 25-year-old Australian attacker returned on Saturday as an 82nd minute substitute, having been an unused substitute on a number of occasions in recent weeks.
And Kruse made a telling contribution, whipping in a cross from the right flank to Karim Bellarabi to score a stoppage-time equalizer.
The timing was ideal for the return of Kruse, who has been called up to replace Tomi Juric in Socceroos squad for this week’s friendlies against UAE and Qatar in the Middle East.
Kruse is seen as a key player for the Socceroos heading to the 2015 Asian Cup, having won last year’s PFA Australian Footballer of the Year.2 comments