The 24-year-old spent the first three matches of this season on the bench
Socceroos forward Robbie Kruse is a “victim of competition” at Bayer Leverkusen – says his manager Sami Hyypia.
The 25-year-old has been restricted to a spectators role for Leverkusen’s first three matches of the season and is reportedly becoming concerned that he won’t see enough action to warrant inclusion in the Australia squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
One man that isn’t concerned is former Liverpool defender Hyypia, who believes competition is at the BayArena is at a healthy level and feels Kruse will ultimately reap the rewards of being part of an ambitious squad at one of the Bundesliga’s top clubs.
“Robbie has the unfortunate situation that we have good players in his position,” Hyypia conceded to Fox Sports.
“I’m not saying that Robbie at this moment is not good enough to play for us. It’s just that the others are doing very well.
“He is a victim of competition, but competition is good. Everyone has the training to have motivation to improve.”
The former Melbourne Victory star has spent the last two years in Germany after joining Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2011 before switching to Leverkusen in a €1.5 million deal last April.