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04 October 2023

Kaka returns to Real Madrid squad

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo (right), midfielder Kaka (left) and goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas share a light moment during a training session in Madrid. (AFP)


Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaka, who has been out since the start of the season, was on Sunday named in the Real Madrid squad for Monday’s trip to Getafe by coach Jose Mourinho.

“Kaka won’t start, he can’t yet,” said Mourinho at a press conference.
“He can give us 15 or 20 minutes of his very great quality, but no more.”
The playmaker, who won the 2007 Ballon d’Or, underwent surgery in August after injuring his left knee and only returned to training with the squad on December 18.
“I’m very happy today,” Kaka wrote on his Twitter account.
“After a long period, I’m back with my team-mates, for the game tomorrow. Thanks Lord.”
Prior to his injury, Kaka had struggled to shine due to a combination of injuries and poor form.
The 28-year-old joined Real from AC Milan for around 65 million euros in June 2009, shortly before the arrival of Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
Kaka’s hopes of reclaiming a first-team place have been hit by the arrival of 22-year-old playmaker Mesut Ozil, who joined Real from Werder Bremen last summer after starring for Germany at the World Cup in South Africa.