Orlando City captain Kaká is hurt. Yes, again.
The Brazilian maestro, who was one great Jaime Penedo save (check it out just past the 4:00 mark) away from scoring in Brazil's 2-0 friendly win over Panama on Monday night, could not train Tuesday or Wednesday due to what was called muscle fatigue. About an hour ago, the Brazilian federation announced that the former Ballon d'Or winner would not be able to continue.
Gilmar Rinaldi has announced that Kaká will be removed from Brazil's Copa América squad due to a muscle injury, Ganso will replace him.— Paulo Freitas (@Cynegeticus) June 1, 2016
So, how severe is the injury? Well, not very, based on the initial reports from Brazil, but it'll keep him out of the group stage of the Copa America Centenario, and so they're sending him home.
Gilmar Rinaldi said Kaká would need to stay 15-20 days without training, which is why he is out of Brazil's Copa América squad.— Paulo Freitas (@Cynegeticus) June 1, 2016
That time frame, if accurate, would put him in jeopardy of missing Orlando City's next MLS game on June 18 at home against San Jose Earthquakes, although we'll probably know more by next week. If things run long, Kaká could even miss the Toronto FC match on June 25.
As Orlando City fans, we're always waiting for the other shoe to drop when injuries are concerned, but there is a chance he won't miss any MLS matches, and he was probably never going to play in the club's June 15 U.S. Open Cup match against Jacksonville Armada.
It's a tough blow for Kaká, who was set up for a unique experience of playing a Copa American Centenario match in front of his club's home fans in Orlando on June 8 against Haiti. That obviously won't happen now and it's not often that a player gets that opportunity. You have to feel for the guy, although this slight knock at least means he won't suffer something more serious in the tournament. #GlassHalfFull
Kaká will be replaced on Brazil's roster for Copa America by Paulo Henrique Ganso, a player Orlando City tried to pry out of Sao Paulo last summer.