It’s a sight that will warm the hearts of Socceroos fans. Robbie Kruse is back in training with his German club Bayer Leverkusen and they couldn't be happier.
And as this tweet says, the club couldn’t be happier to see him out there going through his rehab on the park with a trainer.
Kruse's World Cup dream was cruelly taken away from him when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee training in January.
The 25-year-old underwent a full knee reconstruction, scuppering any hopes he had of being part of Ange Postecoglou's squad for Brazil, which is named today.
One of the Socceroos' most consistent performers in recent years and a fan favourite at Leverkusen, Kruse's selection for the World Cup would have beena certainty.
Instead the former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory winger has had to work hard on his rehabilitation and trying to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.
The type of injury Kruse suffered can keep players sidelined for up to a year but his recovery appears to be coming along ahead of schedule.
The news is sure to be a boost to the Socceroos and Kruse himself as he aims to be fully fit in time for January's Asian Cup in Australia.
The final chance to see the Socceroos on home soil before they head to Brazil 2014 will be when they take on South Africa in a farewell game on May 26 in Sydney. Tickets for the match, presented by NAB, are on sale now. Click here to secure yours today.
Gallery: Caltex Socceroos camp in pictures
The Caltex Socceroos are looking ahead to November's twin matches in a positive mindframe after comfortably accounting for Kuwait 4-0 in a friendly earlier this week. Australia's impressive win came as reward for the hard work done during a Dubai training camp in the lead-up t
Progress report: Mark Milligan
With the AFC Asian Cup appearing quickly on the horizon, we’re delivering weekly scouting reports on some of our Caltex Socceroos playing abroad. This week the spotlight is on Mark Milligan, an experienced member of the national team who has made a flawless start to life in Eu
Caltex Socceroos meet young Aussie ‘Playmakers’ in the UAE
The Caltex Socceroos took time out after training to meet with some young Australian fans in the United Arab Emirates last week ahead of Monday’s solid 4-0 win over Kuwait in Kuwait City. The young Australians, who live in the UAE, are part of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019’s Play
‘An amazing story’: Patrice Evra leads social media tributes to Mabil, Deng debuts
There was a lot to like about the Caltex Socceroos win over Kuwait on Tuesday (AEDT) but arguably the biggest highlight was the international debuts of youngsters Awer Mabil and Thomas Deng. The pair were both second-half substitutes and combined on the right flanks, with Mabi