Surgery sidelines Kaka


MADRID, August 6 – Real Madrid star Kaka is expected to be out of action for three to four months after undergoing an operation on his left knee, his club Real Madrid announced on their website Thursday.

Following an earlier announcement that the Brazilian had left their US training camp in Los Angeles to undergo tests in Belgium, the club confirmed that the 28-year-old had already had the operation.

Kaka had an arthroscopy which "confirmed the lesion in his meniscus on his left knee with a light impact on the cartilage".

"(Kaka) underwent a successful operation on his left knee by the surgeon Marc Martens at the AZ Monica hospital on the campus of Eeuwfeest at Antwerp (Belgium)", said Real.

The Spanish giants said, however, the groin strain from which Kaka has been suffering, and which hampered his first season with the team, had shown "clear signs of improvement".

Real, coached by Jose Mourinho, are holding a pre-season camp in the United States and won a first friendly there last week 3-2 against Las Aguilas del America de Mexico.