MADRID - Real Madrid's injury woes
deepened on Saturday when Brazilian playmaker Kaka was left out
of the squad for Sunday's La Liga match at Racing Santander because of a thigh muscle problem.
Kaka, who needed knee surgery after the 2010 World Cup and
missed the first half of the season, was unable to train on
Saturday and joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Sami Khedira, Fernando
Gago, Alvaro Arbeloa, Ezequiel Garay and Gonzalo Higuain on the
Coach Jose Mourinho told a news conference on Saturday it
was better for Kaka, who has struggled to regain the form that
won him a World Player of the Year award in 2007, to get
properly fit before playing again.
"He is limited in his movement and agility and his condition
on the pitch and he is not happy when he doesn't feel on top
form," the Portuguese said.
"The medical department decided it was better to return only
when he feels absolutely fine and I prefer it that way.
"It's not positive for the team or the player if he doesn't
feel at 100 percent."
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