Copa America: Kaka out of Brazil squad

Brazil star midfielder Kaka has withdrawn from the nation's Copa America squad due to a hamstring injury just three days before the team's first match at the tournament. The 34-year-old midfielder had earlier replaced Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa, who had pulled out due to an injury. Ricardo Oliveira Santos, Ederson and Rafinha are also unavailable for Brazil.

Kaka is currently playing for Major League Soccer side Orlando City. He picked up the injury during a training session at Brazil's training camp in Los Angeles. This would have been his first Copa America and, considering his age, this could have been his last chance to play at this tournament.

"Kaka has had discomfort in training and has had an MRI, which showed a small problem. Doctors indicate between 15 and 20 days of recovery," Brazilian Football Confederation official Gilmar Rinaldi said. Kaka, a former FIFA World Playe of the Year, will be replaced by Paulo Henrique Ganso from Sao Paulo, pending formal clearance from CONMEBOL.

Copa America will start on Friday when USA face Colombia in the opening match. Brazil are 9/2 at Bet365 to win the tournament.

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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Cobra69


    Too bad, Kaka is great player, Brasil really don't have luck with that injuries, this is 6th player who will not be in squad because of injurie. He was playing really good football lately, but I still expect big things for Brasil, they are still my favourites. Go Brasil!!

  • Slovenia mannixx


    A lots of problems with injuries for Dunga, im afraid that we wont see kaka in Brazil national team anymore. There are a lot of players who could be called in instead Kaka : Alex texeira, Oscar, felipe Anderson...A lot of this players i dont know why he didn call him from the begining.

  • Serbia Milaneli


    I must say I am not shocked. Kaka is magician, we all know that. But his glory days in AC Milan and somewhat in Real Madrid are over. He is now playing in MLS league, which is lets be honest joke compared to most European leagues. He was supposed to be an replacement for douglas Costa who is injured aswell, but his last chance to play for Brazil on big scene is gone now. I'm sorry for him, but Brazil will have to go without him from now on.

  • Bulgaria sharpe


    With Kaka or not Brazil sucks in the last years and Copa America was just another huge disappointment for them. I don't think Kaka is their main problem at all, obviously something is very wrong in the Brazil team's management or they just didn't appoint the right managers - I don't know but the fact is that this teams sucks for years.

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