Kaka out of Brazil's Copa America squad with hamstring injury
By Jefferson Lake
Last Updated: 03/06/16 7:28am
Kaka has withdrawn from Brazil's Copa America squad with a hamstring injury three days before the team's tournament opener.
The 34-year-old had himself been an injury replacement for Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa and he joins Ricardo Oliveira Santos, Ederson and Rafinha on the unavailable list for Brazil.
Kaka, who currently plays for Orlando City in Major League Soccer, sustained the injury at Brazil's Los Angeles training base and will now be unable to compete in what would have been his first Copa America.
"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," 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.