Madrid lose Kaká for four months

Kaká could miss Real Madrid CF's entire UEFA Champions League group stage campaign after being ruled out for up to four months following an operation on his left knee.

Real Madrid CF will be without Kaká for three to four months after the attacking midfielder underwent surgery on his left knee.

The 28-year-old travelled to Belgium to seek advice from specialist Dr Marc Martens after experiencing pain during his club's pre-season training camp in the United States. He was diagnosed with a damaged meniscus and although he had a successful operation, Kaká faces a lengthy lay-off and will miss the bulk of Madrid's UEFA Champions League group stage campaign.

Coach José Mourinho said: "Kaká is one of the best players in the world but if we have to lose him for a period it's no drama. We have plenty of other players here." The Brazilian international moved to Madrid from AC Milan for €68m last summer, but persistent groin problems limited the former FIFA World Player of the Year to 33 appearances in all competitions in his first season at the Santiago Bernabéu.