Brazil head coach Dunga has been dealt another major blow ahead of his side’s Copa America campaign following an injury to Kaka.
Dunga had to cut Douglas Costa and Ricardo Oliveira from his squad, and they were replaced by Kaká and Jonas. Kaka becomes the fifth player to withdraw from the squad and is expected to be out for about three weeks.
The former Real Madrid man who was a late substitute in Monday’s 2-0 win ober Panama in an international friendly is sidelined with a muscle injury and will be replaced in the squad by São Paulo FC attacking midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso.
The 100th anniversary Copa America starts in the United States on Friday, with Brazil’s first game on Saturday. Brazil will begin their campaign against Ecuador, before they face Haiti on 9 June and then Peru on 13 June.
Brazilian football federation earlier confirmed that that goalkeeper Éderson and midfielder Rafinha were removed from the squad for this month’s Copa América Centenário.
Éderson was injured in training last Friday and did not train with the group since then. Rafinha, in turn, hasn’t been on the field for training with the national team. Since his first day in the United States, he underwent physiotherapy, but failed to recover in time. He’s another player who should be in the squad for the Olympics.
The Benfica goalkeeper, who has attracted interest from clubs like Manchester City and Inter Milan, aims to recover before July 18, which is the date for the presentation of players for the Olympic Games.
Grêmio’s Marcelo Gröhe and PSG winger Lucas Moura were named as imminent replacements for the duo.