U.S.'s Kenny Saief moves to Anderlecht on initial loan

U.S. international Kenny Saief has joined Anderlecht on loan from fellow Belgian club Gent.

Anderlect also have an option to buy Saief on a permanent basis at the end of the season.

Saief, 24, returned in November after being sidelined since the summer because of complications from hernia surgery.

The setback ruled Saief out of the final four games of the U.S.'s failed World Cup qualifying campaign.

A dual national with both Israeli and U.S. citizenship, Saief represented Israel at youth level before filing a one-time switch earlier this year to play for the U.S. team.

He made his debut in a win over Ghana in July, but had to withdraw from the Gold Cup squad.

Saief has made five total appearances for Gent since his return and was on the bench when they faced Anderlect on Dec. 26.

Anderlecht are third in the Belgian league and will not play in Europe this spring after finishing last in their Champions League group.