Injury Ends Kaka’s Hopes Of Participating In The Copa America For The First Time

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Brazil’s Kaka is out of the Copa America with a muscle injury and will be replaced by Paulo Henrique Ganso.

The former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder, who now plays for Orlando City in Major League Soccer, was a late replacement for Douglas Costa.

The 34-year-old Orlando City attacking midfielder had been looking forward to competing in his first Copa America but saw his dream dashed after suffering an injury at Brazil’s Los Angeles training base.

“Kaka has had discomfort in training and safety will be auditioned MRI, which showed a small problem. Doctors indicate between 15 and 20 days of recovery,” said Brazilian Football Confederation official Gilmar Rinaldi.

The former FIFA World Player of the Year will be replaced by Sao Paulo’s Paulo Henrique Ganso. Brazilian officials have already spoken to Sao Paulo to secure Ganso’s participation and are awaiting formal clearance from CONMEBOL.

Kaka, 34, is the fifth player to withdraw from the squad and is expected to be out for about three weeks.

The 100th anniversary Copa America starts in the United States on Friday, with Brazil’s first game on Saturday.

Their campaign begins against Ecuador, before they face Haiti on 9 June and then Peru on 13 June.

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