Kaka’s commitment to Brazil under question

June 7, 2008

Kaka’s withdrawal from Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers later this month has raised more doubts over his commitment to playing for his country.

The AC Milan player missed last year’s Copa America at his own request, saying he needed a rest. He hasn’t played for Brazil yet this year and will now sit out this month’s World Cup qualifiers away to Paraguay and at home to Argentina after knee surgery.

Kaka underwent an arthroscopy operation on his left knee on May 23 and initially said he hoped to be ready for the games, two of the most difficult and important in Brazil’s qualifying campaign for 2010.

But on Wednesday, Brazil coach Dunga withdrew him from the squad after being told by Milan that Kaka could only start training on June 10, five days before the match in Asuncion against group leaders Paraguay.

Brazil doctor Jose Luis Runco said Kaka had suffered damage to the meniscus caused by overuse, leading to discomfort.

It was the timing of the operation, immediately after the end of the Italian season, which has been questioned by some critics. They argue that if the injury was serious, Kaka should have undergone surgery earlier and that if it wasn’t that serious, he could have waited until after the qualifying matches, when he would have had several weeks to get better.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) are also upset at AC Milan’s refusal to allow Kaka to play in the Olympic Games as an overage player. Sources at the CBF said recently that the general feeling is that Kaka would have been released by the club if he had made a fuss.

Brian Homewood, Rio

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Well, I will be surprised if Kaka is banned forever. This brings to mind again the question of where the priorities of a player lie – to his paymaster first or to his country.

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the manager took kaka out of the squad becuase he just had a major knee operation, he didnt withdraw himself, get your facts right

Posted by bhfh | Report as abusive

Paragraph four reads quite clearly: “But on Wednesday, Brazil coach Dunga withdrew him from the squad….

Perhaps the previous reader should actually read the blog first before commenting on it

Posted by Erik Muscrat | Report as abusive

One day clubs, fans and the media may care to treat footballers as human beings and not just pieces of meat!
Kaka is a rare talent on the World stage and should be treated with some respect. IF he decides to only use his talents when he is fully fit and not leave himself open to bad performances or further injury then surely that is a sensible course for the longevity of his career.

Posted by alan frank | Report as abusive

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kaka je najbolji definitivno

Posted by merima | Report as abusive

Hi i am Tom from New york. i am a new comer in this website. Kaka is a very good football player in Brazil. kaka is one of the best striker in the world.

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